1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100 | REACT
26. Raul Ibanez, LF, Phillies
Class act plays the game the way you would want to teach your children to play it. At 37 he became the oldest first-time All-Star Game starter, and since coming back from injury he's been crushing the ball again.
27. Matt Cain, SP, Giants
Drysdale to Lincecum's Koufax, Cain is 11-2 with a 2.32 ERA and a league-leading three complete games.
28. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
After getting off track in 2008, he leads the league in K's and is back to the form that led Doug Mientkiewicz to say: "He was the second pick in the draft? Second? Who was first? And you better say Pujols."
29. Josh Johnson, SP, Marlins
"Where does Florida find these guys?" asks Raul Ibanez (No. 26). A fourth-round pick, he's 6-foot-7, throws in the mid-90s and makes hitters miserable.
30. David Wright, 3B, Mets
His power has inexplicably disappeared, but he's hitting, running and playing defense as well as ever. If the power returns, he's a Top 10 player.
31. Josh Hamilton, CF, Rangers
Frustrating first half because of injuries and offensive struggles, but everybody's favorite baseball story appears to be healthy for the second half.
32. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
He's hitting with as much power as ever, but he gets on base quite a bit less than he did in his brilliant 2006 and '07 seasons. Heating up lately. He might strike out 200 times this year, but he's still one of the great power threats in the National League.
33. Justin Upton, RF, Diamondbacks
Hitting .292 this year with power, despite striking out more than once per game. Not many guys hit .300 while striking out that much. The last guy to do it? His brother, B.J., in 2007.
34. Torii Hunter, CF, Angels
One of those solid players that teams love, and he was having the best season of his career at 33 -- power, speed, defense, you name it. He's currently out with a groin injury, though.
35. Carl Crawford, LF, Rays
Hitting .314, getting on base more than ever before (.374 OBP), has league-leading 46 stolen bases and plays left field like a center fielder. What's not to like?
36. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
Got off to a sluggish start, but he's been pounding the ball the last month or so (since June 7 he's hitting .312/.455/.619) and looks like the Berkman of old.
37. Matt Kemp, CF, Dodgers
Coming into his own at 24, he's hitting .322 with some power (.499 slugging) and speed (20 stolen bases, 4 caught stealing). A breakout star.
38. Grady Sizemore, CF, Indians
He had a miserable, injury-riddled first half -- it seems impossible to believe he's hitting .237 -- but I'd still take him high and take my chances. Power, speed, defense, the whole package.
39. Curtis Granderson, CF, Tigers
For the last couple of years, a fun argument has been who is better -- Granderson or Sizemore. The argument is there again this year, but it's not as fun. Granderson is hitting just .254, though he does have 19 home runs and 16 steals.
40. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
Only question is health -- when he's healthy he's one of the five best pitchers in baseball. In 14 starts he's 8-3 with a 2.26 ERA and a 71-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
41. C.C. Sabathia, SP, Yankees
Solid-enough first half (9-6, 3.66 ERA), but nobody was expecting solid from the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. I suspect he'll regain his dominance.
42. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
The Great Rivera has uncharacteristically given up five home runs already this year but his 44-4 strikeout-to-walk tells you that amazing cutter is still doing amazing things. Plus I'd need someone to close out the World Series.
43. Joe Nathan, RP, Twins
His numbers since he was traded to Minnesota in 2004: 21-11, 1.77 ERA, 224 saves, 474 K's, 105 walks. He has allowed five runs all year.
44. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
Power numbers are a bit down for 2008 MVP, but he again leads the league in doubles and he has been scorching hot the last month or so.
45. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
Overshadowed at Arizona State by Dustin Pedroia, now Kinsler makes a case as the better player. He has 22 homers, 19 stolen bases and 65 runs scored, and the numbers say he's playing excellent defense. His average is way down, though.
46. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
Hard to know exactly where to put him because of his injury issues. When healthy he is, of course, one of the most exciting and unique players in the game. But how much will this injury affect his legs?
47. Brad Hawpe, RF, Rockies
People tend to see Rocky Mountain numbers as a mirage ... but offense is actually somewhat down at Coors Field, and Hawpe is hitting .322/.399/.581.
48. Edwin Jackson, SP, Tigers
Almost impossible to believe he's still only 25. Won 14 games in Tampa last year and finally seemed to be cashing in on his promise. He has come into his own in 2009 with a 2.52 ERA and the fewest hits per nine in the AL.
49. Mark Buehrle, SP, White Sox
He never changes. He has now won 10 or more games every year since 2001. Everybody knows what's coming, but it doesn't matter: With Jamie Moyer finally fading, Buehrle puts the craft in "crafty lefty."
50. Ben Zobrist, Util, Rays
Remarkable first half -- .418 on-base percentage and leads the American League with a .597 slugging percentage. He played six defensive positions. Is it real? I think so. We'll see if he wears down in the second half.