C- Posey is the best and is a winner. Mauer is great but has trouble playing the full year. I know Y. Molina is a proven winner but I have to put Wieters 2nd. Maybe a bit bias but I think he can overtake Y. Molina. What he brings everyday behind the plate would make me take him over Mauer.
Even though Posey, Santana, and Mauer aren't full time catchers, their hitting production puts them ahead of Wieters. Molina and Wieters are probably about the same defensively, but Molina is far superior offensively.
1B Votto then Davis; Davis isn't just hot. He has escalated along the way to being at the level he is.
I’d have to say this at the end of the season, but I think I’d take Votto and Fielder over Davis. Paul Goldschmidt is very good too.
SS- Hardy has to be in the top 3. His D, top SS power and on-field leadership is why.
I barely have Hardy in the top 10. I know the shortstop position is weak all around baseball, but Hardy is all defense with little offensive production. He’ll basically have an OBP in the mid-to-high .200’s and a slugging percentage around the .400’s. I have Elvis Andrus, Yunel Escobar, Alexi Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Erick Aybar, Everth Cabrera, Ian Desmond, Asdrubal Cabrera, Johnny Peralta, and Troy Tulowitski over Hardy, making Hardy #11 actually.
3B- I know Cabrera has to be #1 and Longoria #2 and even David Wright in there, but what if Manny doesn’t slow down or he improves as many think he will? I know Cabrera rakes but what about the D? If Manny stays at this level would Cabrera actually make us better?
The Orioles would place Cabrera at DH. Miguel Cabrera would make every team in the world significantly better somehow. Manny Machado
is with Cabrera, Beltre, Longoria, and Wright as the premier third basemen in baseball.
OF- Is there a better OF in baseball right now that combines offense and D?
All of our outfielders are smoking the ball right now, even Chris Dickerson. But the thing is, even though we have three Gold Glovers out there, none of them are very good defensively. Still, they are probably in contention for the best outfield in baseball. The Brewers, Cardinals, and Dodgers have very good outfields.