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MLB.com’s 2018 player preview is out. It lists the top 804 players, ranked in order from best to worse. It’s meant as a guide for fantasy baseball. It’s a good look at talent levels among the league.

The top Ranger comes in at number 46, Elvis Andrus. Who would have thought that Elvis would be the best player the Rangers had to offer? Not that he’s not a good player. But he’s the highest ranked Ranger. How times have changed. Andrus has improved greatly, no doubt. The team around him has gone to shambles quickly, also no doubt.

This is going to be a really long 162.

Next, at number 86 is Rougned Odor. That’s what hitting 31 home runs will get you. The worst offensive player from 2017, and the worst 30-home run season of all time, and a guy with as much business having a glove on his hand as Michael Jackson, shows that 31 good swings per year is all you need.

Adrian Beltre is 143. There is no ranking in any planet on any universe where Rougned Odor is ahead of Adrian Beltre in any way.  That’s what 31 home runs will get you.

Joey Gallo is 144.

Finally, at 179, is a Rangers starter: Cole Hamels. The leader of a pitching staff that includes nobody else.

The Ranger outfield goes from 182nd best player in MLB in the form of Shin-Soo Choo, the 186th in Delino DeShiels, and the 197th in Nomar Mazara. That is an outfield that didn’t inspire much confidence from the rankers at mlb.com. How much brilliance it inspires on the field remains to be seen.

Rounding out the top 500 are Mike Minor at 264, Willie Calhoun at 277, Robinson Chrinos at 308, Alex Claudio at 309, Matt Bush at 408, Keona Kela at 418, Doug Fister at 427, and Matt Morre 464.

On the Guys That Don’t Scare Anyone list are Martin Perez at 592 (currently the number two starter), Drew Robinson at 695, Darwin Barney at 679, Barolo Colon at 705 (which, coincidentally, is his weight), Ryan Rua at 741, and Jurickson Profar at 760 (so much for the prospect tag).

Comparing the Rangers to other teams in the division:

Number of Top 100 players:
Houston, 8
Seattle, 6
Los Angeles, 3
Texas, 2
Oakland, 1

Number of Top 200 players:
Houston, 13
Seattle, 8
Texas, 8
Los Angeles, 6
Oakland, 3

That second grouping gives pause for hope. The Rangers have a pretty good number of Top 200 players. The fact that only one of them is a starter, for now, dampens that hope.

One can debate and split hairs and disagree with final rankings. One cannot disagree with the fact that plenty of good seats will be available at the Ballpark by August.

 

 

 

  • elkaba

    I’m trying to get myself all psyched up for baseball. I should be ready to start the season… in about 3 years.

    • dearmidol

      I’ll be there opening day rooting like an idiot for the Rangers.

      • GoRangers23

        I will probably be there a lot more this season, especially if they have more ticket specials. In a way, I kind of like it when it’s not so crowded and you can stretch out a little. Sometimes it’s nice to not have a kid kicking the back of my chair, or pulling my hair. And I always feel like the people that are sitting behind me, or in front of me, are right in the middle of all of our conversations. Sometimes I sit in front of, or behind someone who is talking about something I have absolutely no desire to know about. Sometimes it’s not so child friendly…..or Go friendly…..or anyone friendly for that matter. 😳. I’ve heard some pretty racy conversations, and it’s not like you can get away from it or ignore it. I feel like tapping people on the shoulder and saying, “Um, were you aware that there is a baseball game going on right now?” “Also, you might think about whispering. Whispering would be good.”

        #SilverLining. 😄

  • Rowdy Yates

    Sorry I signed this morning to read that news. Not so sure now that the truth does actually ‘set you free’.

    At least the snow here in Breckenrdige is finally excellent! Heading down to the casinos in Central City with the ski buddies today to rest our old bones after 3 days on the slopes.

    • GoRangers23

      Have a great time! Be careful out there!

  • GoRangers23

    Who in the world made that list, Elmer Fudd? I see no reason for Cole Hamels and Adrian to be so low on that list, and Rougie so high up. That list stinks! 😄

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, so much of this has to do with fantasy value, but I think it’s interesting to see where players are valued.

      • GoRangers23

        Yeah, I was just kidding around. I don’t think it’s a good list for fantasy baseball either. Maybe it was done by a sixteen year old kid? 😄

    • Nashvillecat66

      Speaking of Elmer….
      Since you supply most of the artwork around here, I thought I’d help out with a photo of one of my all time favorite cartoon characters.
      “Shhhh…I’m wabbit huntin”’
      (BTW, I see what you did there with “Rougie” and “That list stinks!”
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/619aafcf23dcdf163fb0c63501cfdb64b48ee2a4a66f0b229a45468bfd7c812e.jpg

  • azrangerfan

    Seems to me th Trevor Plouffe signing will only take playing time away from some of the youngsters who could use playing time. Not sure why he would be signed. May be a trade chip for later if he does produce.

    • dearmidol

      I remember last year when they signed James Loney, and I think the year before when they signed Ike Davis. Seemed like maybe it was just somebody to play catch with the other guys spring training.

    • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

      Agreed, but like Midol says… maybe Plouffe has reached the long-shot portion of his career where he’s likely to bounce between AAA squads.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Haven’t really done the addition, but just like last yr, I wonder what we could get if we saved all this money on reclamation,discount players and actually got a good couple of players……

        • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

          That’s a good point but on the other hand I’m not sure we would want a couple of good players… no prize for finishing with 86 wins… and you have to sign guys for a long time to get the good ones.

          For the record, it’s currently:

          Moore – $9M
          Minor – $8.33M
          Fister – $3.5M
          Oh – $2.5M
          Martin – $1.75M
          Barnette – $1.5M

          Total – $26.58M

          The rest are minor league deals so it depends on if they play.

          So ya, you could probably get 1 premium player (Darvish/Arrieta) or a combo platter of Cobb + Dyson if we rolled with minor leaguers at the other 2 SP spots and in the pen.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yeah but add in last yr…….Cashner,Ross,Gomez,Naps……..38 mill!! More foresight on JDs part….Hmmm

          • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

            But those are 1 year guys… you can’t really add them together, since we’d still have the same amount for this and future years.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Disagree, if you add the money together and spread it out for multiple yrs…..oh well….still not competing with Houston in this decade.

  • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

    That list is a little screwy since it’s based on a roto league… where stolen bases and positional scarcity are as good as actually being a complete player.

    (Notice Trea Turner above Stanton, Judge, and Kershaw as the first example of that dynamic).
    But still, I don’t think it skews the facts much for the Rangers…

    Beltre and maybe Gallo or Hamels seem like top 100 players. After that, you could make an argument that Mazara, Elvis, and Chirinos are the only other guys who are even above the level of a solid bench player.

    (Unless you want to guess at the value of our relief pitchers, but that’s a hard one).

    • possumrld

      Pretty solid way of accessing it, Co “Screwy” is a very good way to put it! But also, like you say, it is probably fairly legit as far as most of our talent places, at this time. All we can really hope for the solid Rangers players form last seaosn to stay solid, and for some big improvements in many of our younger guys – and fast!
      It is a tall order, but stranger things have happened.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Yep, lots of hope poss… On the other hand, maybe we just want the short-term guys to pan out so we can trade them haha

    • dearmidol

      Yeah, but I think if you go position by position, it’s pretty close. Nothing is going to be perfect. Where it levels out more, being roto fantasy, is in starting pitching.

      It was for entertainment purposes only.

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        Oh I agree with that for sure, I just figured that a lot of people would open that list and think it’s stupid without the proper context.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just watched a special on the 72 Olympics Russian/USA basketball game…….what a gaffe.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Shaun White up

  • possumrld

    “Bartolo Colon at 705 (which, coincidentally, is his weight)” LOL! You always have one of those comments that totally cracks me up, Kev!
    My take on these rankings is, based on some of these numbers,that system has to be flawed. But those outcomes, “as a body”, can’t be totally disregarded either. What we can hope for is that some of our guys can prove these rankings more generally wrong than they are right. No doubt this will be true in some cases. But we need it to be so in many cases, not just a in few cases.
    Anyway, “Hope springs eternal”! Which in baseball means at least it “springs until” your team is mathematically eliminated.

  • elkaba

    LOL, Days away from pitchers and catchers reporting, and all we’re talking about is fantasy rankings. This is going to be an interesting season…

    • JacobMcCandles

      Well to believe in this season would be a fantasy!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Was sooo happy to see Shawn White win the Gold but then after wrapping himself in the US flag he dragged it on the ground behind him. Yeah I’m ‘old school’ and he was excited but that is disgusting.

    • GoRangers23

      They all do that. I have no idea why. I guess no one ever told them that our US flag should never touch the ground and there are actually rules about how to touch it. I don’t think a lot of people know that. It’s sad. But that was one intense competition! I’m really glad he won. It was awesome!

      • CoMentor_Rounding3rd

        I suspect that’s a lot of it Go…

        Nobody bothered to say anything and now quite a few of them don’t pay attention to the flag after they get their camera shot…

        I don’t feel as strongly as Rowdy, but I don’t like how casually they treat the flag.

        • GoRangers23

          I don’t like it either.

    • JacobMcCandles

      AMEN!!!!

    • FlappingGums

      I agree!