2012 Top 100 Keeper Rankings: Hitters

Our 2012 keeper rankings focus on leagues that must gage the value of players for at least the next 3-5 years.

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I’ve broken down the hitter keeper rankings by position, but now it’s time to merge them all together. Below is out 2012 top 100 keeper list for position players. I take into consideration long-term value, positional value and risk vs. reward

All players listed have spent time in the big leagues. For prospect analysis, check out our 5×5 prospect rankings.

1. Troy Tulowitzki, 27 – I’ll start my team with a .300/30 SS any day.

2. Mike Trout, 20  – Could go 2A, 2B with Kemp, but Trout is only 20 with huge upside.

3. Matt Kemp, 27

4. Justin Upton, 24 

5. Miguel Cabrera, 29 – Will he stick at 3B? Color my skeptical.

6. Ryan Braun, 28

7. Joey Votto, 28

8. Evan Longoria, 26

9. Carlos Santana, 25 – Should develop into one of the best hitting catchers we have seen in some time.

Hanley Ramirez, 28 

10. Mike Stanton, 22

11. Desmond Jennings, 25

12. Adrian Gonzalez, 29

13. Brett Lawrie, 22 – I’m not convinced he’ll stick at 3B long term, but he’ll at least get a chance with the Jays to improve defensively.

14. Robinson Cano, 29

15. Jason Heyward, 22 – Patience with the young Heyward should pay off. I believe he’ll learn to lift the ball for more power as he enters his mid-20s.

16. Carlos Gonzalez, 26

17. Andrew McCutchen, 24

Dustin Pedroia, 28 

18. Jacoby Ellsbury, 28

19. Jose Bautista, 31

20. Buster Posey, 25

21. Prince Fielder, 27 – Not-as-friendly of a home park now in Detroit and body-type might cause an early decline. For the new few years, however, he should continue to be a monster.

22. Ian Kinsler, 29

23. Albert Pujols, 32

24. Eric Hosmer, 22

25. Matt Weiters, 25

26. Pablo Sandoval, 25

27. Starlin Castro, 22

28. Jose Reyes, 28

29. Ryan Zimmerman, 27 – Health track record is the only issue here.

30. Jay Bruce, 25

31. David Wright, 30

32. Carl Crawford, 30

33. Adrian Beltre, 33

34. Jesus Montero, 22 – Legit concerns over whether or not he’ll consistently earn C eligibility.

35. Shin-Soo Choo, 29

36. B.J. Upton, 27

37. Mark Teixeira, 32

38. Josh Hamilton, 30

39. Brian McCann, 28

40. Mike Napoli, 30

41. Asdrubal Cabrera, 26

42. Alex Gordon, 28

43. Matt Holiday, 32

44. Brandon Belt, 24 – SF needs to give him at least 500 PAs of regular playing time. Unfortunately, they seem content not to.

45. Dee Gordon, 24 – Stolen base totals will be high, but there is some risk in his AVG.

46. Billy Butler, 25

47. Drew Stubbs, 27

48. Cameron Maybin, 24 – Still time to improve below average plate discipline and contact rates.

49. Hunter Pence, 28

50. Chris Young, 28

51. Logan Morrison, 24

52. Curtis Granderson, 31

53. Freddie Freeman, 22

54. Corey Hart, 30

55. Mike Morse, 30

56. Alex Avila, 25

57. Joe Mauer, 28

58. Devin Mesoraco, 23 – I’m confident he’ll develop into a top 5 offensive catcher in time.

59. Dustin Ackley, 24

60. Ben Zobrist, 30

61. Rickie Weeks, 29

62. Jason Kipnis, 25

63. Ben Revere, 23 – No power, but should find plenty of room in spacious home outfield to hit for AVG and steal a ton of bases.

64. Dan Uggla, 32 – His power should age well, but AVG is obviously a risk.

65. Adam Jones, 26

66. Nelson Cruz, 31

67. Miguel Montero, 28

68. Howie Kendrick, 28

69. Brandon Phillips, 30

70. J.J. Hardy, 29 – Just needs to stay healthy for power contributions to continue.

71. Andre Ethier, 30

72. Aramis Ramirez, 33

73. Alexei Ramirez, 30

74. Alex Rodriguez, 36

75. Mike Moustakas, 23 – Needs to prove he can hit lefties at the big-league level, but power upside is considerable at valuable position.

76. Domonic Brown, 24 – I’m not the biggest believer in Brown, but he deserves a shot at extended playing time in the bigs. Could turn into a medium AVG, 20/20 bat.

77. Peter Bourjos, 25

78. Michael Bourn, 29

79. Paul Goldschmidt, 24 – He can hit the ball a mile, but I’ve never liked his long swing. Upside is 30-plus HRs along with low AVGs.

80. Ike Davis, 25

81. Anthony Rizzo, 22 – Move to the Cubs organization helps his chances of putting up good power numbers in the bigs. Few see him as a start-level 1B though.

82. Brett Gardner, 28

83. Shane Victorino, 31

84. Nick Markakis, 28

85. Kendrys Morales, 28

86. Kevin Youkilis, 32

87. Martin Prado, 28

88. Erick Aybar, 28

89. David Freese, 29 – Injury issues have plagued his career so far, but upside is considerable for his position.

90. Jimmy Rollins, 33

91. Colby Rasmus, 25 – Opinions seem split on Rasmus, but the underlying skills remain at the young age of 25.

92. Mark Reynolds, 32

93. Dayan Viciedo, 23 – Could hit for some power, but free swinging ways might lead to consistently mediocre AVGs.

94. Jayson Werth, 32

95. Jose Tabata, 23

96. Delmon Young, 26

97. Gaby Sanchez, 28

98. Adam Dunn, 32 – Was 2011 the end for Dunn? I’ll bet on his track record.

99. Justin Morneau, 30 – Could rocket up this list if concussion symptoms don’t return.

100. Dexter Fowler, 26 – A tremendous athlete taking a little longer to develop than most thought he would. I’ll continue to bet on his tools. 15/30 potential.