Seattle Mariners Players Listed In MLB Top 100 Right Now


Who are the top players in baseball? It may not be surprising for many to think that just two seasons ago, the Seattle Mariners had just TWO players in the Top 100 list.

With 30 MLB teams, if each team had three players on the list, that would be about average. So to only have two was disappointing. Seven teams that year had only one player and four teams had seven.

In 2014, the Mariners had three players – including two in the Top-10.

MLB Network recently released their Top 100 Players Right Now and the Seattle Mariners have five, yes, FIVE players on the list. And once again, the Mariners have two in the Top-10 – the White Sox also have two Top-10 players. Let’s take a look at who made the cut.

66- Nelson Cruz

Cruz was not on the list in 2014, but after a Major League leading 40 homers, he cracks the list. Many people – including myself – have projected that Cruz will not replicate his numbers from last season but even if he doesn’t, he will be a major contributor to this Mariners club in 2015.

Many will point to the contract and say that the Mariners overspent for a 36-year old player – and they may be right – but Cruz will almost certainly help this club take the next step this season.

57- Kyle Seager

Also a newbie to the list, add this to the list of firsts for Seager over the past year. First All-Star game appearance, first Gold Glove, first 25+ homer season, first big money contract extension.

Seager is set to man the hot corner for Seattle for the next seven seasons. And if he continues his current pace of progress, we should see Seager climb this list over the next few years.

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47- Hisashi Iwakuma

I’m actually a bit puzzled by this ranking. Last year, after finishing third in the AL Cy Young voting, Iwakuma was No. 55 on this list.

Now, after an up and down 2014 season, ‘Kuma moves up eight spots on the list.

Regardless, if Iwakuma is healthy, he will prove he’s worthy of a Top-50 spot in baseball.

10- Robinson Cano

Cano falls five spots to number 10 this year, probably because of the dip in his power numbers in 2014. Still, everyone knows Cano is a game-changing Top-10 talent in the game and continues to make the Mariners better.

He will more than likely have a resurgence in 2015 and make a move back up in the list for 2016.

3- Felix Hernandez

King Felix is listed as the best right-handed pitcher on the planet – with Mike Trout (2) and Clayton Kershaw (1) as the only players listed higher.

Felix makes the jump from number seven last year after arguably his best statistical season of his career. It’s worth noting once more, Corey Kluber – who Felix lost the 2014 AL Cy Young to – finished 15th on the list….just saying.

So what do you think M’s fans? Is it a good omen to have five Top-100 players on the team entering 2015? Do you agree with the rankings?