MLB 2015: The 20 Best Players in Baseball (MLB, ESPN, FoxSports and Sports Illustrated Rankings)

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

It’s official and it’s unanimous. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is projected to be the best player in baseball this season, according to four of the biggest baseball sources on the Internet, including Major League Baseball itself.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated also perch Trout at the top of the rankings.

Then, naturally, things get fuzzier.

Three different players – Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew McCutchen – can claim second best.

Add Felix Hernandez, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera, and you have everybody that populates the top five.

Check out the top 20 below for all four sources (and click on the source name to see the full rankings from each – from 100 to 300 players. Overall, 31 different players from 21 different teams make the cut. The Washington Nationalsfavorites to win the 2015 World Series – have the most with four.

THE RANKINGS

ESPN (BBTN) MLB FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
1. Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF
2. Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF Giancarlo Stanton, RF Andrew McCutchen, CF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF Andrew McCutchen, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Andrew McCutchen, CF Clayton Kershaw, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF
6. Miguel Cabrera, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B
7. Chris Sale, LHP Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Gomez, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B Jose Abreu, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Altuve, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B
10. Buster Posey, C Adam Jones, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
11. Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Bautista, RF Anthony Rizzo, 1B Adam Jones, CF
12. Jose Abreu, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Bautista, RF
13. Troy Tulowitzki, SS Felix Hernandez, RHP Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
14. Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP
15. Madison Bumgarner, LHP Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Altuve, 2B Adrian Beltre, 3B
16. Corey Kluber, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B Anthony Rendon, 3B Chris Sale, LHP
17. Johnny Cueto, RHP Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF Troy Tulowitzki, SS
18. David Price, LHP Yasiel Puig, RF Buster Posey, C Anthony Rendon, 3B
19. Yasiel Puig, RF Michael Brantley, LF Adrian Beltre, 3B Ian Desmond, SS
20. Stephen Strasburg, RHP Hanley Ramirez, SS Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Altuve, 2B

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THE PLAYERS

PLAYER # OF TOP 20 LISTS TOP RANKING TEAM
1. Mike Trout, CF 4 1 Los Angeles Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 4 2 Miami Marlins
5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4 3 Detroit Tigers
6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 4 3 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Felix Hernandez, RHP 4 5 Seattle Mariners
8. Jose Abreu, 1B 4 6 Chicago White Sox
9. Robinson Cano, 2B 4 8 Seattle Mariners
10. Jose Bautista, RF 4 10 Toronto Blue Jays
11. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 4 12 Colorado Rockies
12. Carlos Gomez, CF 3 7 Milwaukee Brewers
13. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 3 9 Chicago Cubs
14. Jose Altuve, 2B 3 9 Houston Astros
15. Adam Jones, CF 3 10 Baltimore Orioles
16. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B 3 10 Toronto Blue Jays
17. Chris Sale, LHP 2 7 Chicago White Sox
18. Buster Posey, C 2 10 San Francisco Giants
19. Max Scherzer, RHP 2 11 Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Beltre, 3B 2 15 Texas Rangers
21. Anthony Rendon, 3B 2 16 Washington Nationals
22. Yasiel Puig, RF 2 18 Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Madison Bumgarner, LHP 1 15 San Francisco Giants
24. Corey Kluber, RHP 1 16 Cleveland Indians
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 1 17 New York Yankees
26. Johnny Cueto, RHP 1 17 Cincinnati Reds
27. David Price, LHP 1 18 Detroit Tigers
28. Ian Desmond, SS 1 19 Washington Nationals
29. Michael Brantley, LF 1 19 Cleveland Indians
30. Hanley Ramirez, SS 1 20 Boston Red Sox
31. Stephen Strasburg, RHP 1 20 Washington Nationals

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THE TEAMS

TEAM PLAYERS IN TOP 20
1. Washington Nationals 4
2. Chicago White Sox 2
3. Cleveland Indians 2
4. Detroit Tigers 2
5. Los Angeles Dodgers 2
6. San Francisco Giants 2
7, Seattle Mariners 2
8. Toronto Blue Jays 2
9. Arizona Diamondbacks 1
10. Baltimore Orioles 1
11. Boston Red Sox 1
12. Chicago Cubs 1
13. Cincinnati Reds 1
14. Colorado Rockies 1
15. Houston Astros 1
16. Los Angeles Angels 1
17. Miami Marlins 1
18. Milwaukee Brewers 1
19. New York Yankees 1
20. Pittsburgh Pirates 1
21. Texas Rangers 1

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