2011 Bloomberg Sports Draft List: AL TOP 50                                        Print

Bloomberg-Rank (B-Rank), compares player stats and positional value to rank each player's projected performance according a standard 5x5 league.
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Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | P | TOP 100 | AL TOP 50 | NL TOP 50

B-RANK 2011 PROJECTIONS
RANK NAME POS TEAM 2011 2010 AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV K ERA WHIP
1. Adrian Gonzalez 1B BOS 2 31 582 101 37 90 1 .297
For the first time we will find out just how severe the impact has been for Adrian Gonzalez to play in the extremely pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park now that he joins the Red Sox sandwiched between well-known sluggers at one of the top hitter ballparks in the Majors. For his career, Gonzalez owns a .442 slugging percentage at Petco Park compared to a .568 SLG on the road. The 28-year old Gonzalez is likely to surpass his previous career-highs of 40 home runs and 119 RBI this season, assuming he can stay healthy.
2. Miguel Cabrera 1B DET 3 3 590 93 38 73 4 .306
One of the top three hitters in baseball, Miguel Cabrera is coming off one of his finest seasons with 38 home runs, 126 RBI, and a .328 average. Cabrera is on the fast track to the Hall of Fame, as he enters the season at just 27 years old with 1400 hits, 247 home runs, and a .313 average under his belt. He is equally dangerous against southpaws and right-handers, and very consistent throughout the entire season. He is at his best against Oakland pitching, with nine home runs, 26 RBI, and a .360 average in just 24 games against the A's.
3. Mark Teixeira 1B NYY 6 27 580 98 35 86 1 .279
One of the best all-around players in the Major Leagues, Mark Teixeira has enjoyed seven straight seasons of 30-plus home runs with 100-plus RBI while offering stellar defense. A notorious slow starter, Teixeira hits just .237 for his career in April compared to a .308 mark in August. At 30 years old, Teixeira is very much in his prime though he is coming into the season fresh off a career-low .256 average.
4. Robinson Cano 2B NYY 7 8 608 97 25 41 5 .299
An MVP candidate last season, Robinson Cano posted career-highs across the board with 103 runs, 29 home runs, 109 RBI, and a .381 OBP. The durable second baseman actually tailed off a bit in the second half of the season, however, at 28-years old, Cano remains an elite talent in the Majors. Against the Red Sox last season, Cano hit .371 with 13 RBI in 18 games.
5. Carl Crawford OF BOS 11 7 582 91 15 46 47 .292
Carl Crawford has been among the most consistent fantasy performers since he stole 55 bases back in 2003. He's very durable and as long as you are not expecting 30 home runs, there's really nothing Crawford can't do from a fantasy perspective. He's still only 29-years-old and is coming off a season in which he posted a career-high .851 OPS, but now he's moving to any even better offense. Look to add Crawford late in the first round.
6. Felix Hernandez P SEA 14 14 210.1 12 0 193 3.21 1.17
7. Evan Longoria 3B TB 15 21 587 84 31 72 11 .278
8. Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS 17 152 595 95 18 59 18 .293
9. Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY 21 35 507 82 30 67 9 .271
10. Joe Mauer C MIN 22 32 520 77 15 68 3 .316
11. Josh Hamilton OF TEX 25 6 530 74 27 48 9 .298
12. Kevin Youkilis 1B BOS 26 73 514 80 27 72 5 .286
13. Nelson Cruz OF TEX 28 36 495 70 31 53 20 .278
14. Adam Dunn 1B CWS 30 45 554 81 42 104 1 .256
15. Dan Haren P LAA 32 343 195.0 11 0 180 3.51 1.15
16. Justin Morneau 1B MIN 33 98 526 78 25 71 1 .289
17. Shin-Soo Choo OF CLE 36 29 559 76 22 78 18 .280
18. Billy Butler 1B KC 38 91 613 79 19 62 1 .295
19. Jose Bautista OF TOR 45 5 554 75 38 85 6 .257
20. Curtis Granderson OF NYY 46 114 513 82 27 62 13 .258
21. Victor Martinez C DET 47 42 549 74 19 52 1 .285
22. Justin Verlander P DET 49 82 204.0 13 0 199 3.51 1.22
23. Kendry Morales 1B LAA 53 273 564 69 30 42 5 .286
24. Jon Lester P BOS 54 81 191.2 14 0 192 3.48 1.23
25. Derek Jeter SS NYY 56 62 590 88 12 58 16 .278
RANK NAME POS TEAM 2011 2010 AB R HR RBI SB AVG IP W SV K ERA WHIP
26. CC Sabathia P NYY 57 72 203.1 14 0 179 3.58 1.21
27. Alexei Ramirez SS CWS 58 84 581 74 19 36 16 .277
28. Nick Swisher OF NYY 60 40 545 86 29 79 2 .256
29. Matt Thornton P CWS 62 168 65.0 4 35 75 3.22 1.16
30. Nick Markakis OF BAL 63 127 603 81 17 71 8 .287
31. Joakim Soria P KC 64 74 66.0 4 31 69 3.21 1.14
32. Paul Konerko 1B CWS 66 11 538 73 29 66 1 .275
33. Ichiro Suzuki OF SEA 68 71 632 76 7 40 31 .300
34. Jered Weaver P LAA 70 39 197.0 11 0 182 3.65 1.19
35. Mark Reynolds 3B BAL 73 163 539 72 38 78 13 .235
36. Mariano Rivera P NYY 75 83 64.0 5 35 58 3.41 1.15
37. Jacoby Ellsbury OF BOS 76 689 503 71 8 39 50 .275
38. Joe Nathan P MIN 77 2516 70.0 5 35 76 3.47 1.21
39. Jonathan Papelbon P BOS 79 149 66.0 5 36 69 3.48 1.21
40. Vladimir Guerrero DH BAL 80 20 513 66 22 35 4 .286
41. Delmon Young OF MIN 81 38 576 71 18 33 10 .284
42. Carlos Quentin OF CWS 83 110 459 63 29 52 4 .268
43. Adrian Beltre 3B TEX 84 19 565 69 22 40 7 .282
44. Mike Napoli C TEX 90 95 460 58 27 51 6 .254
45. Ben Zobrist OF TB 91 165 558 78 21 88 18 .258
46. Neftali Feliz P TEX 92 58 78.0 5 31 73 3.48 1.24
47. Ian Kinsler 2B TEX 93 122 505 66 20 55 22 .276
48. Alex Rios OF CWS 95 24 545 67 18 39 29 .271
49. Adam Lind DH TOR 96 357 585 72 27 48 2 .269
50. Michael Young DH TEX 99 47 602 80 18 49 6 .278