Somehow, I forgot to post about last week’s MLB Network’s Top Ten Right Now. They did an episode on left fielders and right fielders and no Jeff Francoeur did not make the list.
Alex Gordon, did however make the cut (I even had a post all written I just forgot to post it). Anyway, the KC Royals left fielder came in at number four on “The Shredder” list, along with Bill James’ list. Former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes only had him at number ten because Gordon has yet to hit for power or drive in 100 runs. Left fielders are supposed to be the big boppers in the lineup.
Salvador Perez came in at number six on the list of catchers, with SF Giants catcher Buster Posey topping the list. I was really surprised out at how high Perez is ranked considering that in two years, he still has not played a full season’s worth of games. I have high hopes that he will be great, but I think the jury should still be out on him.
Former big league catcher Dave Valle also had him at number six. Bill James did not have Perez in his rankings.
Some of the catchers that are on the list surprised me, like AJ Ellis of the Dodgers and that Miguel Montero of Arizona was so high. I was surprised that Baltimore’s Matt Wieters was so low, at number eight.
Speaking of Perez, check out this article by the Kansas City Star’s Pete Grathoff.
*In the first baseman category, Eric Hosmer did not crack the list or even just miss the cut. They did not even mention him at all.