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Who's No. 1? Ranking the best at RF, C

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MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position will run every Saturday night through Feb. 9. The second installments of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series featured the game's right fielders and catchers.

The five-week program hosted by Brian Kenny used rankings based on player performance over the last two seasons, a number of offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced data and traditional numbers and analysis by the MLB Network research team.

MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position will run every Saturday night through Feb. 9. The second installments of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series featured the game's right fielders and catchers.

The five-week program hosted by Brian Kenny used rankings based on player performance over the last two seasons, a number of offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced data and traditional numbers and analysis by the MLB Network research team.

The series features appearances from MLB Network on-air personalities and former Major Leaguers Eric Byrnes, Cliff Floyd, Mike Lowell, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Ron Darling, Jim Thome and Joe Girardi, as well as roundtable discussions with Kenny, president of SABR Vince Gennaro, the Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and MLB.com analyst Mike Petriello. Each episode also featured a fan-generated Top 10 Right Now list compiled via voting on MLB Network's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages using #Top10RightNow.

A look back: MLB Network's Top 10 at every position for 2018

Below is a breakdown of this year's rankings results:

Video: Analysts give their picks for Top 10 RFers right now

Top 10 right fielders right now
We know what you are thinking, Aaron Judge over Mookie Betts, after the season Betts just had?

But consider this: These lists are dictated by The Shredder, MLB Network's player rating formula, which looks back at the last two seasons and weights them evenly. Over the past two years ….

Judge: .282/.409/.584, 79 homers, 15 steals, 162 wRC+
Betts: .301/.388/.541, 56 homers, 56 steals, 143 wRC+

And while Betts is a stud on defense, Judge also rates highly in the outfield, with the third-most Defensive Runs Saved among right fielders in the last two years, which allowed him to hold Betts off for the top spot.

Video: Aaron Judge is the No. 1 right fielder right now

1. Aaron Judge
2. Mookie Betts
3. Christian Yelich
4. Mitch Haniger
5. Bryce Harper
6. Brandon Nimmo
7. Yasiel Puig
8. Andrew McCutchen
9. Nicholas Castellanos
10. Stephen Piscotty

Video: Kenny, Girardi recap Top 10 catchers right now

Top 10 catchers right now
There is a strong argument that J.T. Realmuto is the best catcher in the game right now, but Buster Posey still gets the edge, buoyed by a strong 2017 campaign that is still weighted heavily. Given recent trends, there is a very good chance that this is Posey's last year at the top.

Video: Buster Posey is the No. 1 catcher right now

1. Buster Posey
2. J.T. Realmuto
3. Yasmani Grandal
4. Gary Sanchez
5. Willson Contreras
6. Yadier Molina
7. Kurt Suzuki
8. Wilson Ramos
9. Mike Zunino
10. Salvador Perez

Video: Russo, Kenny on top 10 2B from the past 10 years

Top 10 second basemen right now
This position is going through a bit of a transition, with a bunch of youngsters entering the mix, though veterans such as Jose Altuve, Jed Lowrie and Robinson Cano are still holding strong.

Video: Analytics panel on Top 10 second basemen right now

1. Jose Altuve
2. Jed Lowrie
3. Whit Merrifield
4. Robinson Cano
5. Chris Taylor
6. Scooter Gennett
7. Joey Wendle
8. Gleyber Torres
9. Ben Zobrist
10. DJ LeMahieu

Altuve also tops Petriello's Top 10

Top 10 third basemen right now
This might be the most stacked position in baseball right now, and you can argue for about six different guys at No. 1.

Video: Analytics panel on Top 10 third basemen right now

1. Jose Ramirez
2. Justin Turner
3. Nolan Arenado
4. Anthony Rendon
5. Alex Bregman
6. Matt Carpenter
7. Matt Chapman
8. Kris Bryant
9. Josh Donaldson
10. Eugenio Suarez

Petriello's list of third basemen is different at the top

Schedule of remaining shows
Airing at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively
Jan. 26: Top 10 left fielder and center fielders
Feb. 2: Top 10 first basemen and starting pitchers
Feb. 9: Top 10 shortstops and relievers