Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The best current MLB player by jersey number 0-99




              Here we go again. A few months ago I wrote an article titled "The best current NHL player by jersey number 1-98". Well, since hockey players wear a lot of high numbers, that was easier to write. Soon, we will have September call-ups, where rookies wearing high numbers will play. But, I'm going to take a crack at this. Plus, all numbers must be worn in 2018. Also, all credit goes to baseball reference for the numbers.

0- Adam Ottavino. Also: Mallex Smith and Rafael Lopez.
1- Carlos Correa. Also: Ozzie Albies, Jose Iglesias and Tim Beckham.
2- Andrelton Simmons. Also: Alex Bregman, Xander Bogaerts, Khris Davis and Brian Dozier.
3- Daniel Murphy. Also: Scooter Gennett, Ian Kinsler and Jedd Gyorko.
4- Wil Myers. Also: Yadier Molina and George Springer.
5- Freddie Freeman. Also: Albert Pujols and Jonathan Schoop (honorable mention to injured Corey Seager).
6- Anthony Rendon. Also: Marcus Stroman, Lorenzo Cain, Starling Marte.
7- Trea Turner. Also: Eugenio Suarez, Eric Thames, Maikel Franco.
8- Manny Machado (LAD). Also: Mike Moustakas, Ryan Braun, Justin Upton.
9- Dee Gordon. Also: Nick Castellanos, DJ Lemahieu and Brandon Nimmo.
10- Edwin Encarnacion. Also: Justin Turner, Adam Jones and Evan Longoria.
11- Jose Ramirez. Also: Yu Darvish, AJ Pollock, JT Realmuto and Ender Inciarte.
12- Fransisco Lindor. Also: Paul De Jong, Roughned Odor and Kyle Schwarber.
13- Manny Machado (BAL). Also: Matt Carpenter, Salvador Perez, Max Muncy.
14- Justin Smoak. Also: Eduardo Escobar, Neil Walker.
15- Whit Merrifield. Also: Kyle Seager, Brian Anderson.
16- Andrew Benintendi. Also: Trey Mancini, Brian McCann.
17- Kris Bryant. Also: Shohei Ohtani, Jose Berrios, Mitch Haniger, Rhys Hoskins.
18- Carlos Martinez. Also: Didi Gregorius, Mike Moustakas, Ben Zobrist.
19- Joey Votto. Also: Charlie Blackmon, Masahiro Tanaka, Jay Bruce.
20- Eddie Rosario. Also: Dan Murphy, Josh Donaldson.
21- Travis Shaw. Also: Kyle Freeland, Zack Greinke and Brandon Kintzler.
22- Clayton Kershaw. Also: Christian Yelich, Chris Archer, Robinson Cano, Nick Markakis, Rick Porcello and Andrew McCutchen.
23- Nelson Cruz. Also: Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley.
24- Andrew Miller. Also: Gary Sanchez, Chris Archer, David Price, Jesus Aguilar.
25- Gleyber Torres. Also: Byron Buxton, Stephen Piscotty.
26- Mike Foltynewicz. Also: Matt Chapman, Raisel Iglesias, Avisail Garcia.
27- Mike Trout. Also: Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Nola, Matt Kemp and Trevor Story.
28- Nolan Arenado. Also: JD Martinez, Corey Kluber, Buster Posey.
29- Tommy Pham. Also: Adrian Beltre, Jeff Samardzija.
30- Nomar Mazara. Also: David Robertson, Michael Conforto, Eric Hosmer.
31- Max Scherzer. Also: Aaron Hicks, Collin McHugh.
32- Derek Dietrich. Also: Michael Fulmer, Matt Barnes, Steven Matz.
33- JA Happ. Also: Brad Hand, Tyson Ross.
34- Bryce Harper. Also: Noah Syndergaard, Jon Lester, Felix Hernandez, JA Happ.
35- Cole Hamels. Also: Justin Verlander, Cody Bellinger, Brandon Crawford.
36- Will Harris. Also: Yusmeiro Petit, Lance Lynn.
37- Stephen Strausberg. Also: Odubel Herrera, Cody Allen.
38- Jose Martinez. Also: Robbie Ray, Arodys Vizcaino.
39- Edwin Diaz. Also: Blake Treinen, Kevin Kiermaier.
40- Luis Severino. Also: Madison Bumgarner, Willson Contreras, Kelvin Herrera
41- Chris Sale. Also: Miguel Andujar, Carlos Santana.
42- Retired forever for Jackie Robinson.
43- Lance McCullers. Also: Garrett Richards, Scott Schebler.
44- Paul Goldschmidt. Also: Anthony Rizzo, Rich Hill, Kyle Gibson.
45- Gerrit Cole. Also: Jhoulys Chacin, Mark Trumbo.
46- Craig Kimbrel. Also: Jeimer Candelario, Corey Knebel.
47- Trevor Bauer. Also: Gio Gonzalez and Chris Devenski.
48- Jacob deGrom. Also: Tommy Kahnle, Alex Colome.
49- Jake Arrieta. Also: Kendall Graveman, Jordan Hicks, Julio Teheran.
50- Mookie Betts. Also: Jameson Taillon, Charlie Morton.
51- Jake McGee. Also: Jaime Barria, Ken Giles.
52- Brad Hand. Also: Zack Godley, CC Sabathia, Yoenis Cespedes.
53- Zach Britton. Also: Trevor Cahill, Luiz Gohara.
54- Aroldis Chapman. Also: Roberto Osuna, Ervin Santana.
55-Sean Manaea. Also: Josh Bell, Carlos Rodon.
56- Greg Holland. Also: Fernando Rodney, Jonathan Holder.
57- Chad Green. Also: Alex Wood, Chase Anderson.
58- Luis Castillo. Also: Dan Straily, Jeremy Hellickson.
59- Carlos Carrasco. Also: Jose Lobaton, Joe Musgrove.
60- Dallas Keuchel. Also: Andrew Triggs, Hunter Strickland, Mychal Givens.
61- Shane Greene. Also: Robinson Chirinos, Adam Conley.
62- Sean Doolittle. Also: Jose Quintana, Lou Trivino, Jose Urena.
63- Trevor Richards. Also: Jesse Biddle.
64- Sam Tuivailala. Also: Felix Pena and Luke Jackson.
65- James Paxton. Also: Robert Gsellman, Jake Junis, Nate Jones.
66- Yoshihisa Hirano. Also: Yasiel Puig and Jarlin Garcia.
67- Seth Lugo. Also: AJ Cole, Ronald Guzman.
68- Dellin Betances. Also: Jeff McNeil, Ross Stripling.
69- None.
70- Luis Avilan. Also: George Kontos.
71- Josh Hader. Also: Wade Davis, Drew Steckenrider.
72- Yonny Chirinos. Also: Bryse Wilson, Enny Romero.
73- Felipe Vasquez. Also: Daniel Zamora, Osmer Morales.
74- Kenley Jansen. Also: Ronald Torreyes.
75- Scott Alexander. Also: None.
76- Hector Velasquez. Also: Dillon Peters.
77- Joe Jimenez. Also: John Axford, Fernando Romero.
78- None.
79- Jose Abreu. Also: Isaac Galloway.
80- None.
81- None.
82- None.
83- None.
84- None.
85- Luis Cessa. Also: None.
86- None.
87- None.
88- Phil Maton. Also: John Axford.
89- None.
90- Adam Cimber. Also: None.
91- None.
92- None.
93- Pat Neshek. Also- None.
94- None.
95- None.
96- None.
97- None.
98- None.
99- Aaron Judge. Also- Logan Morrison, Taijuan Walker, Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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