Top 10 Right Now ranks each position for '18

January 14th, 2018

MLB Network's countdown of baseball's best players at each position concluded Saturday night with the last two installments of the "Top 10 Right Now!" series, featuring the game's top center fielders and relief pitchers.
The five-week program hosted by Brian Kenny -- which already ranked today's best right fielders, second basemen, third basemen, shortstops, left fielders, catchers, first basemen and starting pitchers -- used rankings based on player performance over the last two seasons, a number of offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced Statcast™ data and traditional numbers and analysis by the MLB Network research team.
The series featured appearances from MLB Network on-air personalities and former Major Leaguers Eric Byrnes, Cliff Floyd, Mike Lowell, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, Jim Thome, Dave Valle and Preston Wilson, as well as roundtable discussions with Kenny, president of SABR Vince Gennaro, the Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and 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.
Below is a breakdown of this year's rankings results:
Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now
Right field is an extremely top-heavy position, with five legitimate stars at the top, then a big gap, then about 10 strong starters who were all in the mix for the Nos. 6-10 spots.

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    Second base is in a period of flux, as formerly reliable veterans like , , and are no longer obvious entrants on the list. But there's a true superstar at the top, and an interesting mix of veterans and youth coming up behind.
  1. Jose Altuve

  2. Petriello: Top 10 second basemen entering '18
    Top 10 Shortstops Right Now
    The starting shortstops for last fall's World Series contenders, the Astros' and the Dodgers' , are atop the rankings at their position. Correa and Seager, both 23 years old, headline a group of young stars; all but (28), (29) and (27) are age 25 or younger.
  1. Carlos Correa
  2. Corey Seager

  3. Andrelton Simmons

  4. Elvis Andrus

  5. Tim Beckham
    Petriello: Youth leads way among Top 10 shortstops
    Top 10 Third Basemen Right Now
    For a second consecutive year, is atop MLB Network's third-base rankings. The position is deep with some of the biggest names in baseball represented. New additions for 2018 include Houston's , who helped his club win a World Series championship, and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who led the Majors with 56 doubles and earned his first All-Star nod in 2017.
  1. Kris Bryant

  2. Jose Ramirez

  3. Alex Bregman

  4. Petriello: Top 10 third basemen entering '18
    Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now
    The Cardinals' newest outfielder is also as good as it gets among the ranks of left fielders, according to MLB Network's rankings. Last season with the Marlins, hit 37 homers, drove in 124 runs and earned Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors. The Mets' , owner of one of the best outfield arms in the big leagues, was ranked right behind Ozuna.
  1. Marcell Ozuna
  2. Yoenis Cespedes

  3. • Petriello: Ozuna No. 1 right fielder
    Top 10 Catchers Right Now
    The Giants' , arguably one of the all-time greats at the position, sits atop MLB Network's rankings of the top catchers in baseball. After Posey, the list is filled with up-and-coming stars such as 25-year-olds of the Yankees and of the Cubs.
  1. Buster Posey
  2. Gary Sanchez
  3. Willson Contreras

    • Petriello puts Posey at No. 1
    Top 10 First Basemen Right Now
    National League MVP runner-up  of the Reds leads MLB Network's list of the best first sackers in the game today. But you certainly can't go wrong with any of the players near the top of this list.
  1. Joey Votto

  2. • Petriello: Top 10 first basemen entering '18
    Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now
    Arguably the greatest left-hander of this era, Dodgers star  deservedly ranks No. 1 on MLB Network's list of top starting pitchers in the Majors. Reigning AL Cy Young winner sits second on the list.
  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Corey Kluber

  3. • Petriello: Top 10 starting pitchers in '18
    Top 10 Relief Pitchers Right Now
    Dodgers closer , who started off the 2017 season by striking out 51 hitters before issuing his first walk, ranks No. 1 on MLB Network's list of the top relievers in the game.
  1. Kenley Jansen 

  2. Zach Britton

  3. • Petriello's top relief pitchers
    Top 10 Center Fielders Right Now
    There's no better player in the game than the Angels' . He's an obvious, slam-dunk Hall of Famer. So yes, of course, he's the best center fielder as rated by MLB Network.