May 12, 2021

2020 MLB Rank preview — How did we do last year, and what will this year’s list look like? (ESPN)


As we prepare to unveil the 2020 MLB Rank top 100 on Tuesday, we first take a look back at our 2019 rankings to see how we did, and make some predictions for what this year’s list of baseball’s top players will look like.

We asked ESPN national baseball writers Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller and David Schoenfield to weigh in.

Based on his 2019 performance, who was the most underrated player in last year’s MLB Rank top 100?

Doolittle: The answer to this question is almost always going to be a prospect or young veteran whom we are high enough on to put somewhere in the top 100 but who lacks the track record to slot in the upper tier of the rankings. Last year, the most stark example of that was Cody Bellinger. He debuted at No. 47 in MLB Rank in 2017 on the basis of his prospect ranking. After his rookie season, he jumped to No. 23 … a star in the making, but one not quite fully formed. Then he slumped in 2018, dropping from a .933 rookie OPS to .814. And so we dropped him to No. 61 because, just maybe, there were too many holes in his swing for Bellinger to be a star. He showed us, though, with his 1.035 OPS and MVP turn last season. He’s one of the top five players in baseball…

Read “2020 MLB Rank preview — How did we do last year, and what will this year’s list look like?” at ESPN