Baseball Draft Kit: Tiered Positional Rankings
Baseball Draft Kit: Tiered Positional Rankings

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

I started a new series back in January with the hope of providing an extensive write-up of each key player at every position within a tier-rankings piece. The volume of the analysis made the series unwieldy as the overall workload has ramped up over the course of draft season. Additionally, players getting hurt and free agency delays forcing later-than-usual adjustments were quickly changing things that I had written just days earlier.

While the lengthy version of the series may debut in full for 2019 (I'll begin writing it up earlier to make things work schedule-wise), the rankings-only version is now available below.

Commentary will come in the form of other supporting articles, and debate throughout the comments section of the tiered lists themselves.

In addition to updated catcher and first base rankings, hitters at every position are tiered throughout this piece. Players' overall rankings from my latest RotoWire Roundtable Rankings are also included.

One important note: There are several players that have been optioned to Triple-A who remain listed ahead of players with a clear-cut starting role in the big leagues to begin the season. My approach would be to draft those prospects over their replacement-level counterparts when bench depth allows you to do so.

  • Catcher
  • First Base
  • Second Base
  • Third Base
  • Shortstop
  • Outfield
  • Utility
  • Starting Pitchers
  • Closers


    201Gary SanchezNYY1
    482Willson ContrerasCHC2
    603Buster PoseySFG2
    1044J.T. RealmutoMIA3
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    Derek VanRiper
    Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
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