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We ranked the position players In the major leagues from 1 (the best) to 425 and the pitchers from 1 to 400, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories considered for position players were batting average, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases; for pitchers the categories were wins, saves, earned run average and WHIP (walks plus hits per Inning pitched). We also took into account each player's career stats as well as his role on his team, his prospects for improving or declining, his injury history and his physical condition. Using these criteria, we determined each player's value ranking, or PVR, which appears next to his name in his team's projected roster in our scouting reports. Below, the top players are ranked by position, with the overall PVR for each.
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POSITION PLAYERS

RANK

PLAYER

PVR

CATCHERS

1.

Mike Piazza

28

2.

Ivan Rodriguez

51

3

Jorge Posada

59

4.

Paul Lo Duca

79

5.

Toby Hall

126

6.

Mike Liabarthal

140

7.

Jason Varitek

142

8.

Banito Santiago

154

9.

Michael Barrett

190

10.

A.J. Pierzynaki

193

11.

Jason Kendall

205

12.

Javy Lopez

208

13.

Craig Wilson

223

14.

Damian Millar

224

15.

Charles Johnson

232

16.

Ramon Hernandez

233

17.

Chad Moeller

241

18.

Geronimo Gil

246

19.

Mike Matheny

247

20.

Jason LaRue

250

21.

Bangie Molina

255

22.

Ban Davis

256

23.

Brad Ausmus

260

24.

Dan Wilson

281

25.

Tom Wilson

262

26.

Miguel Olivo

284

27.

Sandy Alomar Jr.

265

28.

Ken Huckaby

266

29.

Brant Mayne

271

30.

Brian Schneider

272

FIRST BASEMEN

1.

Jim Thome

6

2.

Jason Giambi

7

3.

Todd Helton

17

4.

Jeff Bagwell

27

5.

Rafael Palmeiro

30

6.

Mike Sweeney

31

7.

Ryan Klesko

40

8.

Derrek Leo

41

9.

Paul Konerko

43

10.

Carlos Delgado

44

11.

John Olerud

46

12.

Fred McGriff

47

13.

Richie Sexson

67

14.

Travis Lee

71

15.

Mo Vaughn

75

16.

Randall Simon

89

17.

Kevin Millar

90

18.

Scott Spiezio

99

19.

Tino Martinez

117

20.

Travis Hefner

156

21.

Jeff Liefer

156

22.

Scott Hattaberg

167

23.

Lyle Overbay

165

24.

Jeff Conine

166

25.

Robert Fick

168

26.

Doug Mientkiewicz

168

27.

Carlos Pe�a

172

28.

Sean Casey

178

29.

Hee Seop Choi

184

30.

Jeremy Giambi

185

SECOND BASEMEN

1.

Alfonso Soriano

8

2.

Jeff Kant

18

3.

Bret Boone

42

4.

Jose Vidro

63

5.

Ray Durham

64

6.

Junior Spivey

60

7.

Roberto Alomar

66

8.

Luis Castillo

77

9.

Aaron Boone

87

10.

Adam Kennedy

111

11.

Eric Young

118

12.

Fernando Vi�a

129

13.

Jerry Hairston

132

14.

Todd Walker

133

15.

Placido Polanco

151

16.

Orlando Hudson

192

17.

Pokey Reese

213

18.

Mark Ellis

219

19.

D'Angelo Jimenez

220

20.

Michael Young

221

21.

Marcus Giles

226

22.

Pablo Ozuna

228

23.

Brandon Phillips

227

24.

Joe Thurston

228

25.

Luis Riva

235

26.

Carlos Febles

237

27.

Mark DaRosa

245

28.

Marlon Anderson

258

29.

Bobby Hill

258

30.

Ramon Santiago

266

SHORT STOPS

1.

Alex Rodriguez

2

2.

Miguel Tejada

10

3.

Nomar Garciaparra

16

4.

Derek Jeter

36

5.

Edgar Renteria

58

6.

Jimmy Rollins

62

7.

Rich Aurllia

68

8.

Omar Vizquel

106

9.

Jose Valentin

107

10

Chrle Woodward

120

11.

David Eckatein

124

12.

Rafael Furcal

125

13.

Tony Womack

127

14.

Barry Larkin

128

15.

Cristian Guzman

141

16.

Orlando Cabrera

146

17.

Alex Gonzalez (Cubs)

170

18.

Melvin Mora

171

19.

Carlos Guillen

179

20.

Julio Lugo

200

21.

Ramon Vazquez

234

22.

Angel Berroa

240

23.

Andy Fox

252

24.

Cesar Izturis

264

25.

Jose Reyes

291

26.

Deivi Cruz

293

27.

Royce Clayton

294

28.

Shane Halter

299

29.

Omar Infante

306

30.

Juan Uribe

311

THIRD BASEMEN

1.

Eric Chavez

23

2.

Scott Rolen

29

3.

Troy Glaus

39

4.

Mike Lowell

45

5.

Aubrey Huff

67

6.

Jose Hernandez

70

7.

Eric Hinske

76

8.

Edgardo Alfonzo

78

9.

Corey Koskie

80

10.

Tony Batista

88

11.

Shea Hillenbrand

91

12.

Adrian Beltre

98

13.

David Bell

109

14.

Aramis Ramirez

112

15.

Jeff Cirillo

130

16.

Robin Ventura

131

17.

Mark Bellhorn

134

18.

Brandon Larson

148

19.

Matt Williams

160

20.

Joe Randa

161

21.

Mark Teixeira

162

22.

Joe Crede

164

23.

Ty Wigginton

173

24.

Craig Counsell

181

25.

Fernando Tatis

191

26.

Hank Blalock

206

27.

Sean Burroughs

209

28.

Dean Palmer

210

29.

Wee Helme

222

30

Geoff Blum

236

OUTFIELDERS

1.

Vladimir Guerrero

1

2.

Barry Bonds

3

3.

Albert Pujols

4

4.

Manny Ramirez

6

5.

Lance Berkman

8

6.

Magglio Ordo�ez

11

7.

Brian Giles

12

8.

Carlos Beltran

13

9.

Sammy Sosa

14

10.

Shawn Green

16

11.

Garret Anderson

19

12.

Larry Walker

20

13.

Gary Sheffield

21

14.

Ken Griffey Jr.

22

15.

Chipper Jones

24

16.

Bobby Abreu

25

17.

Ichiro Suzuki

26

18.

Luis Gonzalez

32

19.

Bernie Williams

33

20.

Torii Hunter

34

21.

Pat Burrell

36

22.

Vernon Wells

37

23.

Cliff Floyd

38

24.

Jermaine Dye

48

25.

Steve Finley

49

26.

Raul Iba�ez

50

27.

Andruw Jones

52

28.

Jim Edmonds

55

29.

Juan Gonzalez

58

30.

Jacque Jones

61

31.

Randy Winn

65

32.

Hideki Matsul

69

33.

Juan Encarnacion

73

34.

Alex Sanchez

74

35.

Tim Salmon

81

36.

Johnny Damon

82

37.

Darin Erstad

83

38.

Adam Dunn

84

39.

Preston Wilson

86

40.

Reggie Sanders

92

41.

Moises Alou

93

42.

Jay Peyton

94

43.

Jose Cruz Jr.

95

44.

Mark Kotsay

96

45.

Carl Crawford

97

46.

Eli Marrero

100

47.

Marlon Byrd

101

48.

Mike Cameron

102

49.

Kenny Lofton

103

50.

Shannon Stewart

104

51.

Brian Jordan

105

52.

Trot Nixon

108

53.

Raul Mondesi

113

54.

Karim Garcia

114

55.

Austin Kearns

115

56.

Rocco Baldelli

116

57.

Bobby Higginson

119

58.

Carlos Lee

121

59.

Roger Cede�o

135

60.

Rondell White

136

61.

Corey Patterson

137

62.

Terrence Long

139

63.

Craig Biggio

143

64.

Jay Gibbons

144

65.

Juan Pierre

145

66.

Carl Everett

147

67.

Jeromy Burnitz

149

68.

Michael Tucker

152

69.

Danny Bautista

153

70.

Dave Roberts

158

71.

Gary Matthews Jr.

159

72.

Brad Wilkerson

163

73.

Matt Lawton

167

74.

Chris Singleton

174

75.

Richard Hidalgo

175

76.

Mike Cuddyar

180

77.

Todd Hollandsworth

182

78.

Xavier Nady

186

79.

Frank Catalanotto

187

80.

Bobby Kielty

189

81.

Aaron Rowand

194

82

Geoff Jenkins

195

83.

J.D. Drew

196

84.

Jeffrey Hammonds

197

85.

Marty Cordova

198

86.

Marquis Grissom

199

87.

Milton Bradley

201

88.

Daryle Ward

203

89.

Kevin Mench

204

90.

Doug Gianville

207

DESIGNATED HITTERS

1.

Frank Thomas

63

2.

Ellis Burks

64

3.

Edgar Martinez

72

4.

Josh Phelps

85

5.

Erubial Durazo

110

6.

David Ortiz

122

7.

Nick Johnson

123

8.

Brad Fullmer

138

9.

Ken Harvey

160

10.

Ruban Sierra

176

11.

Matt LaCroy

177

12.

Dmitri Young

183

13.

Ban Grieve

186

14.

B.J. Surhoff

231

STARTING PITCHERS

1.

Randy Johnson

1

2.

Curt Schilling

2

3.

Barry Zito

3

4.

Padro Martinez

4

5.

Bartolo Colon

6

6.

Mark Mulder

6

7.

Derek Lowe

7

8.

Roy Oswalt

8

9.

Roy Halladay

9

10.

Mark Buehrle

10

11.

Wads Millar

11

12.

Tim Hudaon

14

13.

Mike Mussina

15

14.

Matt Morris

16

15.

Tom Giavine

17

16.

Freddy Garcia

18

17.

Kevin Millwood

22

18.

Jarrod Washburn

23

19.

Greg Maddux

24

20.

Roger Clemens

25

21.

Mark Prior

28

22.

Vicente Padilla

29

23.

Kerry Wood

30

24.

Jason Jennings

31

25.

Odalis Perez

32

26.

Javier Vasquez

34

27.

Russ Ortiz

35

28.

Hideo Nomo

36

29.

Al Loiter

38

30.

Jamie Moyer

39

31.

Andy Pettitte

40

32.

C.C. Sabathia

44

33.

Joel Pi�eiro

45

34.

Matt Clement

49

35.

Rick Reed

51

36.

Kirk Rueter

55

37.

Randy Wolf

56

38.

David Wells

61

39.

Ramon Ortiz

62

40.

Ben Sheets

64

41.

Kevin Brown

65

42.

Tony Armas Jr.

66

43.

Rodrigo Lopez

67

44.

Tomo Ohka

68

45.

Jaaon Schmidt

69

46.

A. J. Burnett

70

47.

Paul Byrd

71

48.

Steve Trachaal

72

49.

Kenny Rogers

73

50.

Kazuhisa Ishil

75

51.

Brad Radka

76

52.

Woody Williams

77

53.

Ismael Valdaa

78

54.

Josh Beckett

79

56.

Kip Walls

80

56.

Jimmy Haynes

81

57.

Joe Maya

82

58.

Kevin Appiar

83

59.

Runeivys Hernandez

84

60.

Mike Hampton

85

61.

Josh Fogg

86

62.

Jeff Weaver

87

63.

Danny Graves

88

64.

Tim Wakefield

89

65.

Elmer Dessens

90

66.

John Lackey

91

67.

Jason Simontacchi

92

68.

Brian Lawrence

93

69.

Kris Benson

94

70.

Denny Stark

95

71.

Mark Redman

97

72.

John Patterson

98

73.

Shane Raynolds

99

74.

Byung-Hyun Kim

100

75.

Sidney Ponson

101

76.

Orlando Hernandez

105

77.

Brett Tomko

112

78.

Paul Wilson

113

79.

Gil Mache

114

80.

Oliver Perez

115

81.

Jose Contreras

116

82.

John Burkett

117

83.

Damian Moss

118

84.

Josh Beckett

119

85.

Chan Ho Park

120

86.

Tad Lilly

121

87.

Ryan Dempster

122

88.

Livan Hernandez

123

89.

Kyle Lohse

124

90.

Cory Lidle

125

91.

Brett Myers

126

92.

Ryan Jenson

130

93.

Brad Panny

131

94.

Mike Maroth

132

95.

Pedro Astacio

133

96.

John Thomson

135

97.

Darren Dreifort

139

98.

Casey Fossum

140

99.

Omar Daal

143

100.

Jon Garland

144

RELIEF PITCHERS

1.

John Smoltz

12

2.

Eric Gagne

13

3.

Billy Koch

19

4.

Eddie Guardado

20

5.

Mariano Rivera

21

6.

Armando Benitez

26

7.

Mike Williams

27

8.

Jose Mesa

33

9.

Billy Wagner

37

10.

Robb Nen

41

11.

Kazuhiro Sasai

42

12.

Troy Percival

43

13.

Scott Williamson

46

14.

Jose Jimenez

47

15.

Kelvim Escobar

46

16.

Ugueth Urbina

50

17.

Jason Isringhausen

52

18.

Jorge Julio

53

19.

Mike DeJean

54

20.

Keith Foulke

57

21.

Danys Baez

58

22.

Matt Anderson

59

23.

Matt Mantel

60

24.

Braden Looper

63

25.

Scott Stewart

74

26.

Antonio Alfonseca

96

27.

Brandon Villafuerto

102

28

Alan Embree

103

29.

Jesus Colome

104

30.

Mike Remlinger

106

31.

Ramiro Mendoza

107

32.

Octavio Dotel

108

33.

Arthur Rhodes

109

34.

J.C. Romero

110

35.

Francisco Rodriguez

111

36.

Mike MacDougal

127

37.

Franklyn German

128

38.

Mike Stanton

129

39.

Felix Rodriguez

134

40.

Cliff Politte

136

41.

Todd Jones

137

42.

Chad Fox

138

43.

Juan Acevedo

141

44.

Steve Kline

142

45.

Lance Carter

145

46.

Buddy Groom

146

47.

Scott Strickland

147

48.

Bobby Howry

150

49.

Gabe White

151

50.

Shlgetoshl Hasegawa

156

We ranked the position players In the major leagues from 1 (the best) to 425 and the pitchers from 1 to 400, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories considered for position players were batting average, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases; for pitchers the categories were wins, saves, earned run average and WHIP (walks plus hits per Inning pitched). We also took into account each player's career stats as well as his role on his team, his prospects for improving or declining, his injury history and his physical condition. Using these criteria, we determined each player's value ranking, or PVR, which appears next to his name in his team's projected roster in our scouting reports. Below, the top players are ranked by position, with the overall PVR for each.

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