A team-by-team look at the Top 100 Players Right Now

February 22nd, 2024

MLB Network's Top 100 Players Right Now rankings for 2024 have been revealed in their entirety. Which teams are most well-represented on the list? Who are some candidates to crack the Top 100 next year?

There are several free agents on the market who are among the 100 best players in the game right now, including (No. 30), (No. 51) and (No. 90). But here's a team-by-team look at the Top 100:

Braves (9): RF Ronald Acuña Jr. (1), 1B Matt Olson (13), 3B Austin Riley (15), SP Spencer Strider (17), C Sean Murphy (47), SP Max Fried (48), CF Michael Harris II (50), 2B Ozzie Albies (66), DH/OF Marcell Ozuna (83)

No surprise here. The Braves are loaded with talent up and down the roster, both at the plate and on the mound. Acuña is the reigning National League MVP after his historic 41-homer/73-steal season, Olson led the Majors with 54 home runs and 139 RBIs and Riley remained as consistent as ever with an .861 OPS and 37 homers. On the mound, Strider and Fried form as formidable a 1-2 punch in the starting rotation as any. And the other players Atlanta has in the Top 100 are all major offensive threats that make the lineup long and arduous to navigate for opposing pitchers.

Astros (7): LF Yordan Alvarez (8), 2B Jose Altuve (22), RF Kyle Tucker (23), 3B Alex Bregman (44), SP Framber Valdez (55), RP Josh Hader (60), SP Justin Verlander (62)

Alvarez has established himself as one of the elite hitters in the game -- if he can stay healthy for a full season, we could see some truly prodigious numbers. The Astros locked up Altuve with a $125 million contract extension, meaning the eight-time All-Star and three-time batting champ will likely spend his entire career in Houston. Tucker is rising into the upper echelons among hitters, and Bregman -- while not as productive as he used to be -- remains strong at the plate. Valdez and Verlander weren’t as great as they were in ’22, but they're two of the best starters in the game. And in Hader, the Astros have acquired one of the best closers in baseball.

Dodgers (7): 2B Mookie Betts (2), DH Shohei Ohtani (4), 1B Freddie Freeman (5), C Will Smith (45), SP Yoshinobu Yamamoto (61), SP Tyler Glasnow (74), INF Max Muncy (79)

Three of the Dodgers’ seven players in the Top 100 are new acquisitions. Ohtani, who was ranked No. 1 last year, drops a few spots, likely because he won’t be pitching in 2024. But with the greatest baseball talent on Earth focusing solely on hitting, watch out. The Dodgers are hoping right-handers Yamamoto and Glasnow are a major boost to their major weakness last season -- the starting rotation. And then there are the other big hitters, with former MVPs Betts and Freeman moving from dynamic duo to fearsome threesome with the addition of Ohtani. Smith remains a stalwart at and behind the plate, and Muncy will look to raise his game thanks in part to an improved physique.

D-backs (5): OF Corbin Carroll (18), SP Zac Gallen (31), 1B Christian Walker (58), 2B Ketel Marte (65), C Gabriel Moreno (94)

The defending NL champs will have high expectations following their surprise run to the World Series last fall, and they’re well-equipped to make another run in 2024. Carroll, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, is coming off a historic campaign, becoming the first rookie to hit at least 25 homers and steal at least 50 bases in the same season. Gallen has finished in the top five among NL Cy Young Award candidates in each of the past two years. Walker’s consistent slugging has him up 30 spots over last year, Marte jumps onto the list after no rank last year and Moreno’s fine rookie performance has him in the Top 100 heading into his age-24 season.

Mets (5): SS Francisco Lindor (25), 1B Pete Alonso (37), SP Kodai Senga (63), LF Brandon Nimmo (70), RP Edwin Díaz (80)

The Mets are trying to thread the needle between remaining a postseason contender in the near term while building for the future. But they definitely have some big talent on the roster to make the former a reality. Lindor is near the top of his game, coming off a 30/30 season (31 homers, 31 steals) in which he produced 6 bWAR. Alonso will be looking to have a strong showing as he enters the final season of his contract.

Ghost-fork master Senga will look to build on a fantastic rookie campaign, Nimmo moves to left field but should be as energetically productive as ever and Díaz returns after missing all of last season recovering from knee surgery -- he’ll be a huge upgrade in the bullpen, shortening games if he’s the dominant closer he’s been in the past.

Phillies (5): 1B Bryce Harper (11), SS Trea Turner (16), SP Zack Wheeler (28), C J.T. Realmuto (46), LF Kyle Schwarber (57)

Harper lands just outside the top 10, in large part due to injuries that have limited him in recent seasons. But the two-time MVP remains an MVP-caliber player year-in and year-out. Turner got off to a slow start last season but finished strong, deploying his dual-threat skill set at the plate and on the bases.

Wheeler wasn’t as good as his sensational 2022 campaign, but he nonetheless neared the 200-inning mark in '23. In three of his last four full seasons (excluding the pandemic-shortened 2020 season), he’s eclipsed or been within eight innings of 200. Realmuto had a “down year” by his standards, both offensively and defensively, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t bounce back. And Schwarber remains one of the premier pure sluggers in baseball.

Mariners (5): CF Julio Rodríguez (10), SP Luis Castillo (54), SS J.P. Crawford (69), SP George Kirby (75), C Cal Raleigh (93)

J-Rod cracks the top 10 after another great performance in his sophomore campaign. He became the first player in AL/NL history to hit at least 25 homers and steal at least 25 bases in each of his first two seasons. Castillo finished fifth in AL Cy Young Award voting after another All-Star performance. Crawford enjoyed a breakout year to ensure a debut on the Top 100 list, while Kirby and Raleigh each proved their success in 2022 was no fluke.

Orioles (5): C Adley Rutschman (19), SP Corbin Burnes (29), 3B Gunnar Henderson (34), SP Kyle Bradish (73), RF Anthony Santander (86)

Rutschman debuted at No. 41 in 2023 thanks to a sensational rookie campaign. He jumps into the top 20 in '24 following another strong showing. Burnes had a rough first half last season, but finished strong and looks to take that into his first season with the Orioles. Henderson is the reigning AL Rookie of the Year thanks to his 28 homers and an .814 OPS. Bradish had a breakout year and could be a key part of Baltimore’s rotation for many years to come after finishing fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting. And Santander put together another strong performance at the plate, belting 28 homers of his own and driving in 95.

Rangers (5): SS Corey Seager (6), 2B Marcus Semien (21), OF Adolis García (39), SP Nathan Eovaldi (91), 1B Nathaniel Lowe (98)

Seager had the best season of his career last year, and he only played in 119 games due to injury. He tied a career high with 33 homers while setting career marks with 96 RBIs and a .623 slugging percentage to finish runner-up in AL MVP voting. Semien picked up the slack while Seager was out of the lineup, and he finished with an AL-best 185 hits while posting an .826 OPS with 29 homers.

García vaulted 60 spots over last year thanks to a tremendous season and even better postseason, in which he launched eight homers and drove in a record 22 runs to help the Rangers win it all for the first time. Eovaldi’s All-Star campaign was a big reason Texas was able to withstand the early-season loss of Jacob deGrom. And though he took a step back offensively in 2023, Lowe won his first Gold Glove Award and is a season removed from an .857 OPS and 27 homers.

Padres (4): 3B Manny Machado (24), RF Fernando Tatis Jr. (26), 2B Xander Bogaerts (53), SS Ha-Seong Kim (88)

A .258/.319/.462 slash line with 30 homers would be a good season for most players, but for Machado, those 2023 numbers comprise a “down” year. But if anyone has a track record that suggests he’ll rebound, it’s the six-time All-Star third baseman. Tatis had a great defensive campaign in his first season as a full-time right fielder, but his offensive numbers left much to be desired. Bogaerts and Kim will be swapping defensive positions in ’24, with Bogaerts looking to rediscover his power and Kim seeking to build off a career year (5.8 bWAR).

Cardinals (4): 3B Nolan Arenado (33), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (36), SP Sonny Gray (49), C Willson Contreras (82)

Goldschmidt was the 2022 NL MVP, while Arenado finished third in NL MVP voting. They both regressed significantly in a rough year for St Louis. But for a potential pair of future Hall of Famers, you can’t count out big years in ’24. They’ll hope Conteras will continue to prove he’s among the game’s best catchers after another strong offensive performance, and that the newly acquired Gray will be a boon for a starting rotation whose 4.83 ERA ranked 24th in baseball last season.

Rays (4): INF Yandy Díaz (38), LF Randy Arozarena (40), RF Josh Lowe (77), INF Isaac Paredes (78)

Díaz enjoyed a huge jump in the rankings over last year, from No. 98 all the way up to No. 38. The 32-year-old infielder won the AL batting crown by hitting .330, earned his first career All-Star selection and came in sixth in AL MVP voting. Arozarena also gained big, moving up 22 spots with his first career All-Star season. In his first full MLB season, Lowe delivered 20 homers and stole 32 bases while hitting .292/.335/.500. And Paredes had a career year in his age-24 campaign, launching 31 homers with an .840 OPS.

Blue Jays (4): SS Bo Bichette (35), SP Kevin Gausman (41), 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (52), CF George Springer (76)

Though limited to 135 games by injury, Bichette had another great season at the plate, collecting 175 hits while hitting .306 with an .814 OPS. Gausman went from being unranked in 2023, to within the top 50 in ’24, thanks to a season in which he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting and led the league in strikeouts (237) and K/9 (11.5). Guerrero and Springer will hope their ’23 campaigns were aberrations and not trends, and that their slugging will return to typical levels this season.

Brewers (3): RP Devin Williams (59), LF Christian Yelich (72), C William Contreras (81)

Williams continued his meteoric rise in the relief ranks thanks to another dominant season for Milwaukee. He pitched to a 1.53 ERA with 36 saves and a 37.7% strikeout rate in 2023. Yelich has climbed back into the top 100 as he gradually rebounds from a string of mediocre campaigns at the plate. And Contreras makes his debut in these rankings following another strong showing at the plate -- he hit .289 with an .825 OPS in 611 plate appearances.

Cubs (3): SP Justin Steele (64), SS Dansby Swanson (67), RF Seiya Suzuki (84)

Steele makes his debut on the Top 100 list thanks to an All-Star season for which he finished fifth in NL Cy Young Award voting. Swanson remained stellar defensively, winning his second straight Gold Glove Award at short. But his bat was quieter last season after he enjoyed a career year in 2023. Suzuki also joins the list after going in the opposite direction offensively -- he saw his OPS increase by 72 points over his rookie season.

Twins (3): SP Pablo López (56), SS Carlos Correa (68), 3B Royce Lewis (95)

López made a strong first impression with the Twins after going to Minnesota in a trade from Miami. The right-hander posted a 3.66 ERA with a 4.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio, picking up his first All-Star selection. Correa, meanwhile, fell 46 spots from last year -- he went from a fifth-place finish in AL MVP voting in 2022, to seeing his OPS fall 123 points to .711 in ’23. Lewis wowed with a .921 OPS and 15 homers in 58 games last year -- that included an incredible five grand slams. He then delivered four postseason homers. Minnesota hopes he can stay healthy in ’24 -- injuries delayed his MLB arrival and a full season of his bat could be a huge boost for the lineup.

Yankees (3): CF Aaron Judge (3), RF Juan Soto (7), SP Gerrit Cole (9)

All three of the Yankees’ representatives among the top 100 are in the top 10. Despite a toe injury that cost him nearly two months last season, Judge remains the most prolific home run hitter in the game, slamming 37 of them in 106 games. There’s no reason to doubt he could break 60 again after setting an AL record with 62 in 2022. Judge now has a new slugging partner in the lineup, and the addition of Soto greatly enhances the Bronx Bombers’ lineup following a difficult season for almost anyone not named Judge. And Cole, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, is primed for a vigorous defense of that title at the top of New York’s rotation.

Red Sox (2): 3B Rafael Devers (32), 1B Triston Casas (97)

Boston’s corner infielders are among the top 100, with Devers returning 13 places below his 2022 rank and Casas making his debut on the list. Devers did see his production decline a bit, though he still had a strong season overall -- he posted an .851 OPS with 33 homers. Casas debuts here after a third-place finish in AL Rookie of the Year Award voting. He actually bettered Devers with an .856 OPS while hitting 24 homers.

White Sox (2): CF Luis Robert Jr. (27), SP Dylan Cease (No. 92)

Robert took a quantum leap on this list over last year, going from No. 86 to No. 27. That’s what happens when you slug .542 with 38 homers and 20 steals. We finally got to see Robert for more than 100 games in a season (145) and he did major damage against opposing pitching. Cease, meanwhile, had some struggles last year following a runner-up finish in AL Cy Young Award voting. But as evidenced by the reported trade interest in the 28-year-old right-hander, it’s clear he has the potential to become a frontline starter again.

Reds (2): INF Matt McLain (99), SS Elly De La Cruz (100)

A pair of Reds round out the Top 100, and for good reason. Cincinnati is one of the most exciting teams in the game as a result of its young and rising stars. McLain finished fifth in NL Rookie of the Year Award balloting, hitting .290/.357/.507 with 16 homers and 14 steals in 89 games. And although De La Cruz cooled off considerably after a hot start to his MLB career, he has the tremendous tools it takes to become a superstar.

Guardians (2): 3B José Ramírez (14), 1B/OF Josh Naylor (96)

It’s incredible to think Ramírez hasn’t won an MVP Award yet -- he’s finished among the top 10 in MVP voting six times. But his consistent excellence keeps him near the top of the Top 100 list. Naylor makes his Top 100 debut on the heels of a breakout season. He posted an .842 OPS and drove in 97 runs for Cleveland in 2023.

Rockies (1): LF Nolan Jones (87)

Jones was a revelation for the Rockies after they acquired him in a trade with the Guardians prior to last season. He became the first rookie in MLB history with 20 home runs, 20 steals and 19 outfield assists. His raw power at the plate and his rocket for an arm (he had an MLB-leading average arm strength of 98.9 mph) make him a potential star if his rookie season is any indication.

Royals (1): SS Bobby Witt Jr. (20)

Witt is a superstar in the making after his first two MLB seasons. Last year, he belted 30 homers and stole 49 bases, falling just one steal short of becoming the third player in AL/NL history to join the 30-50 club (also Eric Davis, Barry Bonds and Ronald Acuña Jr.). With his recent 11-year, $288.7 million contract extension, the Royals have the face of their franchise locked in for many years to come.

Angels (1): CF Mike Trout (12)

For the first time, Trout finds himself outside the top 10 on this list. Much of that has to do with injuries that have taken a big chunk of his career since 2016, the last time he played in more than 140 games in a season. If the three-time AL MVP can stay on the field for a full season, he’ll likely be squarely in the conversation for a fourth such honor.

Marlins (1): 2B Luis Arraez (43)

Arraez jumped 20 places year-over-year after winning his second consecutive batting title in his first season with Miami. He flirted with the revered .400 batting average milestone for much of the 2023 campaign, ultimately ending with a .354 clip.

Pirates (1): CF Bryan Reynolds (71)

Reynolds hasn’t replicated his All-Star performance from 2021, but he’s been a very productive offensive player in the years since. Last season, he hit 24 homers and drove in 84 runs while stealing a career-high 12 bases.

Giants (1): SP Logan Webb (42)

Webb is one of the biggest year-over-year gainers, leaping 55 spots. The right-hander was runner-up in NL Cy Young Award voting after throwing a career-high and MLB-leading 216 innings last season. He posted a 3.25 ERA with a 6.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

A’s: None
Although the A’s don’t have anyone among the top 100 players entering this season, there are some notable candidates who could crack the list next year. That includes designated hitter Brent Rooker (.817 OPS, 30 home runs last season) and second baseman Zack Gelof (.840 OPS with 14 homers and 14 steals in 69 games).

Nationals: None
The Nats also have some exciting young players on the roster entering this season, some of whom could certainly make appearances on future Top 100 lists. Lane Thomas hit 28 homers and stole 20 bases for Washington in 2023. C.J. Abrams hit 18 homers while swiping 47 bags, and on the mound, Josiah Gray was an All-Star for the first time.

Tigers: None
Detroit boasts some of the game’s best young talent, and we could see several graduates of the Top 100 Prospects list of past seasons crack the Top 100 Players list for the Tigers in the near future. Candidates include former No. 1 overall Draft picks Casey Mize and Spencer Torkelson, as well as Riley Greene.