Buster Olney's top 10 rankings for 2018


Who’s the best starting pitcher? The best reliever? The top third baseman? Left fielder? Catcher?

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney continues his annual tradition of ranking the top 10 players at every position and every position group.

Top 10 starters

Top starting pitchers: MLB’s aces aren’t extinct yetInsider

Top 10 relievers

Top relievers: Aroldis Chapman falls even as Yankees’ bullpen risesInsider

Top 10 catchers

Top catchers: Young backstops challenge Posey’s reignInsider

Top 10 first basemen

Top first basemen: Make way for a new generation of sluggersInsider

Top 10 second basemen

Top second basemen: Trust us, it’s not just Jose Altuve 10 timesInsider

Top 10 shortstops

Top shortstops: Are Lindor and Correa MLB’s Magic and Bird?Insider

Top 10 third basemen

Top third basemen: Stars sizzle at the hot cornerInsider

Top 10 left fielders

Top left fielders: Superstar shakeup has big names left out to dryInsider

Still to come:

January 10: Top 10 center fielders
January 11: Top 10 right fielders
January 12: Top 10 teams
January 13: Top 10 units

Top 10s from 2017

Starting pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, then who?Insider

Relief pitchers: Who is baseball’s best fireman?Insider

First basemen: New standard shakes up rankingsInsider

Second basemen: Breaking up the pack is ‘toughest one yet’Insider

Third basemen: Plenty of talent at the hot cornerInsider

Shortstops: How do the young stars stack up?Insider

Left fielders: They don’t make them like they used toInsider

Center fielders: There’s Mike Trout, then the restInsider

Right fielders: Is No. 1 Harper or Betts?Insider

Catchers: A Giant among backstopsInsider

Starting rotations: Do the Mets’ stars hit the mark?Insider

Bullpens: Aroldis Chapman shifts the orderInsider

Lineups: Which batting orders provide most pop?Insider

Defenses: How does Cubs’ glove work measure up?Insider

Top teams: Can anyone stop the Cubs?Insider

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