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2012 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Summit

1/27/2012

Welcome to the 2012 fantasy baseball season. There may still be some major free agents searching for a new home and some players recovering from 2011 injuries or offseason surgeries, but it is time to get the ball rolling in terms of determining the fantasy studs and duds of the coming season.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25, the ESPN Fantasy team is holding its annual fantasy baseball rankings summit. For two days, the team gathers in beautiful Bristol, Conn., to evaluate the upside and downside of hundreds of players. We'll determine how recent trades affected values and analyze why one sleeper is better than another. At the end of it, we come out of the room with the framework of our rankings and projections. It's not always fun and games, but we know that you take your fantasy baseball team seriously and we aren't going to let you down with our initial rankings.

The best part about the entire process isn't the spirited debates or occasional insults thrown about, but the fact that for the second year in a row, we're bringing you into the room with us. For these two days we're offering you, the fan, a glimpse into our process. In the application below, you'll have the opportunity to make your voice heard and tell us why you think a player should be ranked at the top of his position. You'll be able to see videos straight from the room addressing your questions and even get a sneak preview of some of the final rankings.

Insiders, we're also giving you something special. After each position has been completed, a group of analysts inside the room will get together and offer a podcast with their instant reactions. Take a listen and let us know your opinions: C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP | Prince Fielder signing reactionListen

Click on the application below and join the chat. Your fantasy baseball season starts right here and we hope you enjoy the ride.

Note: All rankings are based on standard 5x5 scoring (AVG, HRs, RBIs, Runs, SBs for hitters; Wins, Saves, Strikeouts, ERA and WHIP for pitchers) and all players are ranked based on where they are eligible on draft day in 2012. For instance, Hanley Ramirez is eligible only at shortstop in ESPN leagues and therefore is not ranked at third base. He would gain 3B eligibility after playing 10 games there this season.

Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Follow along as we fill out this section with the top 10 players at every position.

Catcher Top 10
1. Mike Napoli, Rangers
2. Carlos Santana, Indians
3. Brian McCann, Braves
4. Matt Wieters, Orioles
5. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
6. Alex Avila, Tigers
7. Buster Posey, Giants
8. Joe Mauer, Twins
9. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
10. Jesus Montero, Mariners

First Base Top 10
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2. Albert Pujols, Angels
3. Joey Votto, Reds
4. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
5. Prince Fielder, ???
6. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
7. Paul Konerko, White Sox
8. Eric Hosmer, Royals
9. Mike Napoli, Rangers
10. Carlos Santana, Indians

Third Base Top 10
1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Evan Longoria, Rays
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
4. David Wright, Mets
5. Pablo Sandoval, Giants
6. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
7. Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
8. Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
8. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
10. Michael Young, Rangers

Second Base Top 10
1. Robinson Cano, Yankees
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
4. Dan Uggla, Braves
5. Ben Zobrist, Rays
6. Brandon Phillips, Reds
7. Chase Utley, Phillies
8. Rickie Weeks, Brewers
9. Howard Kendrick, Angels
10. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks

Shortstop Top 10
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3. Jose Reyes, Marlins
4. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
5. Starlin Castro, Cubs
6. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
7. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
8. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
9. J.J. Hardy, Orioles
10. Derek Jeter, Yankees

Outfielder Top 10
1. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
2. Ryan Braun, Brewers (not suspended)
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
4. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
5. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
7. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
8. Mike Stanton, Marlins
9. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
10. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
14. Ryan Braun, Brewers (if he's suspended)

Starting Pitcher Top 25
1. Roy Halladay, Phillies
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. Cliff Lee, Phillies
5. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
6. Jered Weaver, Angels
7. Tim Lincecum, Giants
8. Cole Hamels, Phillies
9. Dan Haren, Angels
10. CC Sabathia, Yankees
11. Zack Greinke, Brewers
12. David Price, Rays
13. Jon Lester, Red Sox
14. Matt Cain, Giants
15. James Shields, Rays
16. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
17. C.J. Wilson, Angels
18. Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks
19. Matt Moore, Rays
20. Steven Strasburg, Nationals
21. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
22. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
23. Ricky Romero, Jays
24. Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks
25. Michael Pineda, Yankees

Relief Pitcher Top 10
1. Craig Kimbrel, Braves
2. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
4. Drew Storen, Nationals
5. John Axford, Brewers
6. Ryan Madson, Reds
7. Brian Wilson, Giants
8. Rafael Betancourt, Rockies
9. Joel Hanrahan, Pirates
10. Jose Valverde, Tigers