May 17, 2021

2020 MLB Rank reaction — Who’s too high or too low? (ESPN)


The results are in, and ESPN has determined Major League Baseball’s top 100 players for the 2020 season. But not everyone is going to agree with who wound up where. In the wake of the release of this year’s voting by 40 of ESPN’s baseball experts, we asked three of our voters — Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller and David Schoenfield — what their big takeaways were from this year’s ranking of baseball’s best at ESPN.com.

Which top-30 ranking is the biggest surprise?

Doolittle: Alex Bregman was No. 6 last season. Then he went out and finished second in Baseball-Reference WAR (bWAR), second in FanGraphs WAR (fWAR) and first in win shares. So going into his age-25 season, we drop him to No. 12. This makes no sense to me, especially if, as I suspect, he’s getting some kind of sign-stealing scandal adjustment. If Mike Trout doesn’t win the MVP again this season in the American League, Bregman is the most likely player in the league to take his place.

Miller: Blake Snell has pitched four seasons in the majors, and his ERA has been just a little bit better than the league average in three of them. Of course, the exception — 2018 — was one of the finest seasons a pitcher had in…

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