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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fantasy baseball: Updated batter rankings

We're back with another round of the always-popular, often-debated fantasy baseball position player rankings.

To be all-inclusive, David Ortiz, Travis Hafner and the other players who aren't eligible at any position except utility are ranked on their own. It was also a way for us to have Hideki Matsui and Jim Thome crack a top five.

For our late May batter rankings, click here.

As we wrote in that post, players on the disabled list at the time of the rankings are not considered. Players are ranked at each position at which they are eligible, according to's criteria (hence the frequent Michael Young mentions, along with Jose Bautista leading the way at both third base and the outfield).

Before you read the lists, say a quick farewell to Grady Sizemore, who didn't make the top 36 in the outfield after being ranked No. 23 last month.

1. Brian McCann, Braves
2. Victor Martinez, Tigers
3. Alex Avila, Tigers
4. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
5. Carlos Santana, Indians
6. Joe Mauer, Twins
7. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
8. Russell Martin, Yankees
9. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
10. Matt Wieters, Orioles
11. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
12. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
Disabled list: Buster Posey, Giants; Mike Napoli, Rangers

1. Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox
2. Prince Fielder, Brewers
3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
4. Joey Votto, Reds
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
6. Paul Konerko, White Sox
7. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
8. Gaby Sanchez, Marlins
9. Michael Young, Rangers
10. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
11. Ryan Howard, Phillies
12. Adam Lind, Blue Jays
DL: Albert Pujols, Cardinals; Justin Morneau, Twins; Ike Davis, Mets; Kendry Morales, Angels


1. Robinson Cano, Yankees
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers
4. Brandon Phillips, Reds
5. Michael Young, Rangers
6. Rickie Weeks, Brewers
7. Ben Zobrist, Rays
8. Danny Espinosa, Nationals
9. Howard Kendrick, Angels
10. Michael Cuddyer, Twins
11. Chase Utley, Phillies
12. Neil Walker, Pirates
DL: Martin Prado, Mets; Brian Roberts, Orioles; Freddy Sanchez, Giants

1. Jose Reyes, Mets
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
4. Starlin Castro, Cubs
5. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
6. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
7. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
8. Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays
9. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
10. J.J. Hardy, Orioles
11. Erick Aybar, Angels
12. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
DL: Derek Jeter, Yankees; Jed Lowrie, Red Sox

1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
3. Michael Young, Rangers
4. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
5. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
6. Evan Longoria, Rays
7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
8. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
9. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs
10. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
11. Placido Polanco, Phillies
12. Pablo Sandoval, Giants
DL: Martin Prado, Braves; David Wright, Mets; Pedro Alvarez, Pirates

These are the players who aren't eligible anywhere else, and there barely are five worth mentioning:
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox
2. Travis Hafner, Indians
3. Vladimir Guerrero, Orioles
4. Hideki Matsui, Athletics
5. Jim Thome, Twins

1. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
3. Ryan Braun, Brewers
4. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
5. Curtis Granderson, Yankees
6. Justin Upton, Diamondbacks
7. Matt Holliday, Cardinals
8. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
9. Shane Victorino, Phillies
10. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
11. Lance Berkman, Cardinals
12. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
13. Hunter Pence, Astros
14. Michael Bourn, Astros
15. Adam Jones, Orioles
16. Chris Young, Diamondbacks
17. Michael Morse, Nationals
18. Carlos Beltran, Mets
19. Ben Zobrist, Rays
20. Jay Bruce, Reds
21. Melky Cabrera, Royals
22. Andre Ethier, Dodgers
23. Brennan Boesch, Tigers
24. Alex Gordon, Royals
25. Coco Crisp, Athletics
26. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
27. Carlos Quentin, White Sox
28. Nelson Cruz, Rangers
29. Drew Stubbs, Reds
30. Johnny Damon, Rays
31. Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks
32. Michael Cuddyer, Twins
33. Jason Heyward, Braves
34. Mike Stanton, Marlins
35. B.J. Upton, Rays
36. Jeff Francoeur, Royals
DL: Martin Prado, Braves; Carl Crawford, Red Sox; Jason Kubel, Twins; Shin-Soo Choo, Indians; Delmon Young, Twins; Jose Tabata, Pirates

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