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February 22nd, 2024

Who are the 100 best players in MLB right now? MLB Network revealed its list through this year’s Top 100 Players Right Now series, which reached its conclusion with the much-anticipated Top 10 on Wednesday.

Below is a recap of the full list; click here for a team-by-team breakdown.

1) Ronald Acuña Jr., RF, Braves (2023 rank: 25)
In 2022, Acuña had a .764 OPS with 15 home runs and 29 steals in 119 games. He got a late start, joining the Braves at the end of April after recovering from surgery to repair a torn right ACL. What would we see in ’23?

History. Any concern over Acuña’s right knee evaporated when he put together a season for the ages, becoming the first player in AL/NL history to hit 40 or more homers (41) and steal 70 or more bases (73) in the same season. He was named NL MVP in a unanimous vote, and with his power-speed combo, he’s the most electric player in the game today.

2) Mookie Betts, 2B, Dodgers (2023 rank: 4)
Betts will move to second base full-time this season after primarily playing right field in his first 10 MLB seasons. The 31-year-old remains one of the premier all-around players in the game, and he’s coming off his best season since winning the AL MVP Award with the Red Sox in 2018.

In 2023, Betts launched a career-high 39 home runs with a .987 OPS to finish runner-up to Acuña in NL MVP balloting. He’s been such an outstanding defender in his career, including in some brief stints at second, that he might just add some Gold Glove Awards from his new position to his already impressive collection of six.

3) Aaron Judge, CF, Yankees (2023 rank: 2)
Like Betts, Judge will be changing defensive positions in 2024 -- with the Yankees’ addition of Juan Soto, Judge will shift from right field to center.

Had it not been for a torn ligament in his toe that sidelined him for nearly two months last year, Judge might have taken a run at repeating the type of historic MVP season he had in 2022, when he set an AL record with 62 home runs. If Judge is healthy, there’s no reason he couldn’t have another monster campaign at the plate in ’24. And he’s not just a one-dimensional slugging behemoth -- since his first full season in ’17, only Betts has racked up more defensive runs saved among outfielders than Judge’s 57.

4) Shohei Ohtani, DH, Dodgers (2023 rank: 1)
On the heels of signing a record 10-year, $700 million contract, Ohtani won’t be pitching in his first season wearing Dodger blue due to elbow surgery he underwent last September. That’s likely why he’s not higher on this list going into the new season.

But Ohtani will be hitting, and with the greatest baseball talent on the planet focused solely on producing at the plate, we could see some truly incredible numbers. Despite being limited to 135 games in 2023, Ohtani won his second unanimous AL MVP Award after launching 44 home runs and posting a Major League-best 1.066 OPS while pitching to a 3.14 ERA with a 31.4% strikeout rate in 23 starts on the mound.

5) Freddie Freeman, 1B, Dodgers (2023 rank: 10)
The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 players on this list will likely be hitting 1-2-3 in the Dodgers’ star-studded lineup in 2024. Somewhere in there will be Freeman, who remains the gold standard among first basemen. He turned in another fantastic season in 2023, finishing third in NL MVP voting after hitting .331/.410/.567 with an MLB-leading 59 doubles, falling one shy of becoming the first player since 1936 with 60 doubles in a season.

6) Corey Seager, SS, Rangers (2023 rank: 33)
Seager vaulted 27 spots over his ranking last year thanks to a career year that culminated in a World Series title with the Rangers. Injuries have hampered him throughout his career, but even though he played in only 119 games in 2023, he belted a career-high-tying 33 homers and led the AL with 42 doubles while posting a .327/.390/.623 slash line. Seager was very nearly a 7 bWAR player despite missing a quarter of the season; if he can manage to stay healthy, ’24 could be an MVP-caliber season for the 29-year-old after he finished runner-up for the honor last year.

7) Juan Soto, RF, Yankees (2023 rank: 12)
Soto will suit up for his third team in three years when he dons Yankees pinstripes this season. That’s hard to believe for a phenomenal young hitter who has been compared to luminaries like Ted Williams. But excitement abounds in the Bronx for Soto to join Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in New York’s lineup. Soto slugged a career-high 35 homers with the Padres last year, leading the Majors in walks for the third time in his six-year career (132). Already a three-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a batting champion (2020), Soto enters his age-25 campaign and a new chapter in his career as one of the game’s elite hitters.

8) Yordan Alvarez, LF, Astros (2023 rank: 9)
There are few sights scarier for a pitcher than Alvarez walking to the plate. The 26-year-old has firmly established himself in the highest echelon of Major League hitters. Although he’s missed significant time due to injury -- he has yet to play in more than 144 games in a season -- Alvarez owns a career OPS of .978 with 129 home runs. After winning the 2019 AL Rookie of the Year Award, he finished third in AL MVP voting in ’22, and it’s hard not to envision an MVP Award or two in his future.

9) Gerrit Cole, SP, Yankees (2023 rank: 37)
It seemed as though it was only a matter of time before Cole would win a Cy Young Award. While it probably took longer than he would’ve hoped, the workhorse right-hander finally won that honor for his tremendous 2023 campaign. The 33-year-old turned in an AL-leading 2.63 ERA and an MLB-leading 0.98 WHIP. He also eclipsed 200 innings pitched (209) for the sixth time in his career. The six-time All-Star appears to be at the peak of his powers heading into the ’24 season.

10) Julio Rodríguez, CF, Mariners (2023 rank: 16)
J-Rod had a sluggish start at the plate in 2023, but when he got going, he made history in the season’s second half. After hitting .249/.310/.411 prior to the All-Star break, Rodríguez’s bat caught fire -- on his way to posting a .941 OPS with 19 homers and 15 steals the rest of the way, Rodríguez set an AL/NL record (since 1901) by amassing 17 hits over a four-game span. He’s also the only player in AL/NL history to hit at least 25 homers and steal at least 25 bases in each of his first two seasons, joining the 30-30 club with 32 homers and 37 steals last year.

No. 11-No. 20

We see some big risers in this group, with four players jumping at least 20 spots over last year. Matt Olson’s 54-homer campaign has him up 30 places, teammate Spencer Strider rose 48, Adley Rutschman moved up 22 and Bobby Witt Jr. took a quantum leap by vaulting 72 spots up the list. Injuries have driven Mike Trout out of the top 10 -- the three-time MVP hasn’t played in 150 or more games since 2016, and he posted the lowest OPS of any full season in his career last year.

11. Bryce Harper, 1B, Phillies (2023 rank: 17)
12. Mike Trout, CF, Angels (2023 rank: 3)
13. Matt Olson, 1B, Braves (2023 rank: 43)
14. José Ramírez, 3B, Guardians (2023 rank: 8)
15. Austin Riley, 3B, Braves (2023 rank: 20)
16. Trea Turner, SS, Phillies (2023 rank: 11)
17. Spencer Strider, SP, Braves (2023 rank: 65)
18. Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs (2023 rank: no rank)
19. Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles (2023 rank: 41)
20. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals (2023 rank: 92)

No. 21-No. 30

There are some big movers in this group, as well -- Marcus Semien jumps 25 spots over last year, Manny Machado falls 19 places, Luis Robert Jr. leaps a whopping 59 spots and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell lands at No. 30 after not being ranked in the top 100 at all in 2023. Semien bounced back from a rather pedestrian ’22 campaign, leading the AL in hits (185) and runs scored (122) while posting an .826 OPS with 29 homers. Machado’s stock falls after his OPS fell more than 100 points from his .898 mark in ’22. Robert finally showed what he can do over a full season, launching 38 homers with an .857 OPS. And Snell led the Majors with a 2.25 ERA and struck out 31.5% of batters he faced.

21. Marcus Semien, 2B, Rangers (2023 rank: 46)
22. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (2023 rank: 23)
23. Kyle Tucker, RF, Astros (2023 rank: 30)
24. Manny Machado, 3B, Padres (2023 rank: 5)
25. Francisco Lindor, SS, Mets (2023 rank: 21)
26. Fernando Tatis Jr., RF, Padres (2023 rank: 26)
27. Luis Robert Jr., CF, White Sox (2023 rank: 86)
28. Zack Wheeler, SP, Phillies (2023 rank: 35)
29. Corbin Burnes, SP, Orioles (2023 rank: 27)
30. Blake Snell, SP, free agent (2023 rank: no rank)

No. 31-No. 40

Reigning AL Rookie of the Year Gunnar Henderson crashes the Top 100 party at No. 34 after a sensational debut season in which he posted an .814 OPS with 28 homers for the Orioles. Cardinals stars Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt had down years at the plate, falling out of the top 10 and into the 30s. Zac Gallen jumped 38 spots after finishing third in NL Cy Young Award voting. Other major risers in this group are Yandy Díaz (won the AL batting crown by hitting .330), Adolis García (launched a career-high 39 homers before slamming eight more in the postseason) and Randy Arozarena (elected to first All-Star team, hit 23 homers with a .789 OPS).

31. Zac Gallen, SP, D-backs (2023 rank: 69)
32. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox (2023 rank: 19)
33. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals (2023 rank: 6)
34. Gunnar Henderson, 3B, Orioles (2023 rank: no rank)
35. Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays (2023 rank: 34)
36. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals (2023 rank: 7)
37. Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets (2023 rank: 31)
38. Yandy Díaz, INF, Rays (2023 rank: 98)
39. Adolis García, OF, Rangers (2023 rank: 99)
40. Randy Arozarena, LF, Rays (2023 rank: 62)

No. 41-No. 50

Veteran right-handers Sonny Gray and Kevin Gausman, who finished second and third, respectively, in AL Cy Young Award voting last year, break into the top 50 after not being among the Top 100 in 2023. Another right-hander, the Giants’ Logan Webb, got a huge boost -- moving 55 places up the rankings -- after a runner-up finish in NL Cy Young Award voting. A pair of NL East catchers saw some dramatic swings, with the Phillies' J.T. Realmuto falling 17 spots and Sean Murphy shooting up the list by 37 spots. Luis Arraez vaulted 20 places over the prior year’s rankings -- it’s amazing what flirting with .400 for much of the season en route to a second straight batting title will do. And Alex Bregman fell 20 spots after a strong, though not spectacular, season at the plate for Houston.

41. Kevin Gausman, SP, Blue Jays (2023 rank: no rank)
42. Logan Webb, SP, Giants (2023 rank: 97)
43. Luis Arraez, 2B, Marlins (2023 rank: 63)
44. Alex Bregman, 3B, Astros (2023 rank: 24)
45. Will Smith, C, Dodgers (2023 rank: 42)
46. J.T. Realmuto, C, Phillies (2023 rank: 29)
47. Sean Murphy, C, Braves (2023 rank: 84)
48. Max Fried, SP, Braves (2023 rank: 36)
49. Sonny Gray, SP, Cardinals (2023 rank: no rank)
50. Michael Harris II, CF, Braves (2023 rank: 53)

No. 51-No. 60

Cody Bellinger’s big bounce-back season following three down years at the plate lands him in the top 100 once again after he was absent from the list in 2022. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fell significantly from his top-20 status after his power numbers continued to decline from his career year in ’21. Xander Bogaerts’ first season in San Diego was solid, but perhaps not as productive as he would have hoped -- he falls in the rankings by 21 spots. Two pitchers who joined the list after being unranked last year are starter Pablo López and closer Josh Hader. D-backs slugger Christian Walker jumps 30 spots after belting 33 homers and winning his second straight Gold Glove Award at first base. Brewers closer Devin Williams also gains big after another sensational year, going from No. 82 to No. 59.

51. Cody Bellinger, CF/1B, free agent (2023 rank: no rank)
52. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Blue Jays (2023 rank: 18)
53. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Padres (2023 rank: 32)
54. Luis Castillo, SP, Mariners (2023 rank: 67)
55. Framber Valdez, SP, Astros (2023 rank: 56)
56. Pablo López, SP, Twins (2023 rank: no rank)
57. Kyle Schwarber, LF, Phillies (2023 rank: 44)
58. Christian Walker, 1B, D-backs (2023 rank: 88)
59. Devin Williams, RP, Brewers (2023 rank: 82)
60. Josh Hader, RP, Astros (2023 rank: no rank)

No. 61-No. 70

Yoshinobu Yamamoto, whom the Dodgers signed to a 12-year, $325 million contract out of Japan, debuts at No. 61. There are more players in this group that were unranked last year than were ranked, with ghost fork master Kodai Senga, breakout left-hander Justin Steele, veteran second basemen Ketel Marte and Ozzie Albies, and Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford making the list. Among the returning players, Justin Verlander drops 48 spots after a season in which he was merely “good” as opposed to “phenomenal” like he was in 2022, when he won his third career Cy Young Award. Shortstops Dansby Swanson and Carlos Correa also saw significant drops following below-average offensive campaigns.

61. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, SP, Dodgers (2023 rank: no rank)
62. Justin Verlander, SP, Astros (2023 rank: 14)
63. Kodai Senga, SP, Mets (2023 rank: no rank)
64. Justin Steele, SP, Cubs (2023 rank: no rank)
65. Ketel Marte, 2B, D-backs (2023 rank: no rank)
66. Ozzie Albies, 2B, Braves (2023 rank: no rank)
67. Dansby Swanson, SS, Cubs (2023 rank: 39)
68. Carlos Correa, SS, Twins (2023 rank: 22)
69. J.P. Crawford, SS, Mariners (2023 rank: no rank)
70. Brandon Nimmo, LF, Mets (2023 rank: 54)

No. 71-No. 80

Christian Yelich gets into the Top 100 thanks to a strong season at the plate following three substandard seasons for the 2018 NL MVP. There are several newcomers in this group, particularly among young pitchers, with the Orioles’ Kyle Bradish and the Mariners’ George Kirby appearing for the first time. George Springer’s stock fell after a rough year at the plate (102 OPS+), and superstar Mets closer Edwin Díaz fell 29 places after missing the 2023 season due to injury.

71. Bryan Reynolds, CF, Pirates (2023 rank: 60)
72. Christian Yelich, LF, Brewers (2023 rank: no rank)
73. Kyle Bradish, SP, Orioles (2023 rank: no rank)
74. Tyler Glasnow, SP, Dodgers (2023 rank: no rank)
75. George Kirby, SP, Mariners (2023 rank: no rank)
76. George Springer, CF, Blue Jays (2023 rank: 49)
77. Josh Lowe, RF, Rays (2023 rank: no rank)
78. Isaac Paredes, INF, Rays (2023 rank: no rank)
79. Max Muncy, INF, Dodgers (2023 rank: no rank)
80. Edwin Díaz, RP, Mets (2023 rank: 51)

No. 81-No. 90

The brothers Contreras -- one a newcomer to the list and one who returns nine spots lower than in 2023 -- are ranked No. 81 and No. 82. A lot of players who were unranked last year have made the list in this echelon, including Rockies left fielder Nolan Jones (20 homers and 20 steals in 106 games), Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki (.842 OPS, 20 homers) and left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who helped the Rangers win the first World Series title in franchise history after being traded from St. Louis to Texas.

81. William Contreras, C, Brewers (2023 rank: no rank)
82. Willson Contreras, C, Cardinals (2023 rank: 73)
83. Marcell Ozuna, DH/OF, Braves (2023 rank: no rank)
84. Seiya Suzuki, RF, Cubs (2023 rank: no rank)
85. J.D. Martinez, DH, free agent (2023 rank: no rank)
86. Anthony Santander, RF, Orioles (2023 rank: no rank)
87. Nolan Jones, LF, Rockies (2023 rank: no rank)
88. Ha-Seong Kim, 2B, Padres (2023 rank: no rank)
89. Matt Chapman, 3B, free agent (2023 rank: 75)
90. Jordan Montgomery, SP, free agent (2023 rank: no rank)

No. 91-No. 100

Montgomery’s rotation mate in Texas last season, Nathan Eovaldi, breaches the Top 100 thanks to an All-Star campaign in his first year with the Rangers. Dylan Cease, who has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, falls 37 spots on the heels of a season in which his ERA doubled over 2022, when he finished runner-up in AL Cy Young Award balloting. Young catchers Cal Raleigh and Gabriel Moreno join the list, as does a pair of young Reds -- Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz are two members of an exciting young core in Cincinnati.

91. Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Rangers (2023 rank: no rank)
92. Dylan Cease, SP, White Sox (2023 rank: 55)
93. Cal Raleigh, C, Mariners (2023 rank: no rank)
94. Gabriel Moreno, C, D-backs (2023 rank: no rank)
95. Royce Lewis, 3B, Twins (2023 rank: no rank)
96. Josh Naylor, 1B/OF, Guardians (2023 rank: no rank)
97. Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox (2023 rank: no rank)
98. Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Rangers (2023 rank: 70)
99. Matt McLain, INF, Reds (2023 rank: no rank)
100. Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds (2023 rank: no rank)