A couple of days ago, ESPN completed its unveiling of their top 500. If you’ve not been following along at home, here’s how the 500 were derived.
From ESPN’s website…
To compile the top 500, 34 ESPN experts, who were polled in the final two weeks of February, started with a list of more than 600 players. Using a 0-to-100 scale, they evaluated the players based only on how well they will perform in 2013. Players expected to miss 2013 with an injury, such as Chris Carpenter and Rafael Furcal, were not included.
A point to make here. If you read some of the comments for this on the WWL’s site, people are upset that Mike Trout is a top 10 player after only one season. ESPN notes that this listing/ranking is based on what the 34 feel the players will do in 2013 and not based on each player’s career. That said, I think for some player’s it might be little difficult to overlook their past “credentials”.
I will also add that lists of this type (or any other such as power rankings) hold absolutely no meaning other than those of conversation pieces and opinion. Nothing more. Don’t be rattled if you feel your favorite Red was rated too low, if he was rated.
So I stated that there are 17 Reds. Here’s that listing and where each ranked.
Mr. Hoover at #499 and the only other Reds reliever outside of the Nasty Boys 2.0 included. Surely, this is a sign, isn’t it?
Here’s how the rest of the NL Central teams fared.
Yesterday, I did say the Cubs have a lot of arms. Apparently, so do the Redbirds.
If you take the highest ranked at each position for the NL Central and create a “team”, here”s what you get…
Make of it what you will.