Top 10 Right Now: Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter ranked by MLB Network


MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now! series includes St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter and catcher Yadier Molina in their latest rankings.

Carpenter primarily played third base in 2014 after playing a large portion of the 2013 season at second base. He was ranked in seventh, one spot ahead of Evan Longoria and just below Adrian Beltre.

Molina was ranked in third, just behind Buster Posey and Jonathan Lucroy. Given Molina’s defensive capabilities and his rising offensive production over the last few years, Cardinals fans are sure to be upset with these rankings. Molina is hands-down the best catcher in the game. Look at how many Gold Gloves he has won behind the plate.

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The Top 10 Right Now! series ranks the top players at each position as we head into the start of the 2015 baseball season. They take into account both offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced and traditional, in addition to player projections for 2015. Recaps of third basemen can be viewed here and catchers can be viewed here.

The complete lists can be viewed below.

Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now:
1. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
2. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
5. David Wright, New York Mets
6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Top 10 Catchers Right Now:
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
2. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
3. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
4. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
5. Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds
7. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
8. Brian McCann, New York Yankees
9. Derek Norris, San Diego Padres
10. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals

Hosted by Brian Kenny, the series contains contributing analysis from Boston Red Sox senior advisor of baseball operations and sabermetrician Bill James, President of SABR Vince Gennaro and writer Mike Petriello.