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April 05, 2004
April 05, 2004

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April 5, 2004

Baseball Preview 2004

PVR

We ranked the position players in the major leagues from 1 (the
best) to 425 and the pitchers from 1 to 400, based on our
projections of their statistical production this season. The
categories considered for position players were batting average,
home runs, RBIs and stolen bases; for pitchers the categories
were wins, saves, earned run average and WHIP (walks plus hits
per inning pitched). We also took into account each player's
career stats as well as his role on his team, his prospects for
improving or declining, his injury history and his physical
condition. Using these criteria, we determined each player's
value ranking, or PVR, which appears next to his name in his
team's projected roster in our scouting reports. Below, the top
players are ranked by position, with the PVR for each.

This is an article from the April 5, 2004 issue

POSITION PLAYERS

RANK PLAYER PVR

CATCHERS

1. Javy Lopez 16
2. Jorge Posada 41
3. Mike Piazza 44
4. Pudge Rodriguez 57
5. Jason Varitek 83
6. Mike Lieberthal 105
7. Ramon Hernandez 110
8. Ramon Castro 111
9. Jason Kendall 118
10. Johnny Estrada 149
11. A.J. Pierzynski 182
12. Jason LaRue 189
13. Bengie Molina 202
14. Paul Lo Duca 203
15. Charles Johnson 204
16. Victor Martinez 206
17. Benito Santiago 207
18. Toby Hall 208
19. Craig Wilson 212
20. Chad Moeller 214
21. Robby Hammock 221
22. Michael Barrett 236
23. Damian Miller 242
24. Greg Myers 246
25. Miguel Olivio 249
26. Joe Mauer 253
27. David Ross 258
28. Gerald Laird 263
29. Brad Ausmus 266
30. Todd Greene 269

FIRST BASEMEN

1. Albert Pujols 1
2. Todd Helton 4
3. Carlos Delgado 20
4. Jason Giambi 21
5. Jim Thome 22
6. Richie Sexson 24
7. Derrek Lee 26
8. Jeff Bagwell 32
9. Rafael Palmeiro 58
10. Phil Nevin 67
11. Kevin Millar 80
12. Mark Teixeira 82
13. Paul Konerko 107
14. Lyle Overbay 113
15. Nick Johnson 114
16. Hee Seop Choi 128
17. Carlos Pena 132
18. Randall Simon 138
19. John Olerud 153
20. Sean Casey 159
21. Doug Mientkiewicz 161
22. Darin Erstad 162
23. Jason Phillips 166
24. Adam LaRoche 170
25. Ben Broussard 181
26. Pedro Feliz 184
27. Ken Harvey 196
28. Tino Martinez 197
29. Scott Hatteberg 223
30. Travis Lee 226

SECOND BASEMEN

1. Alfonso Soriano 3
2. Bret Boone 19
3. Jeff Kent 61
4. Jose Vidro 112
5. Marcus Giles 119
6. Adam Kennedy 122
7. Luis Castillo 135
8. Ray Durham 141
9. Brian Roberts 144
10. Jose Reyes 145
11. Placido Polanco 150
12. D'Angelo Jimenez 151
13. Mark Loretta 154
14. Luis Rivas 158
15. Junior Spivey 175
16. Aaron Miles 187
17. Willie Harris 193
18. Roberto Alomar 220
19. Todd Walker 224
20. Orlando Hudson 229
21. Jerry Hairston 232
22. Pokey Reese 240
23. Desi Relaford 247
24. Jolbert Cabrera 251
25. Keith Ginter 260
26. Bo Hart 267
27. Tony Graffanino 271
28. Fernando Vina 272
29. Bobby Hill 275
30. Mark Grudzielanek 278

SHORTSTOPS

1. Nomar Garciaparra 7
2. Miguel Tejada 12
3. Edgar Renteria 29
4. Derek Jeter 35
5. Rafael Furcal 40
6. Orlando Cabrera 52
7. Kaz Matsui 56
8. Alex Cintron 73
9. Angel Berroa 90
10. Michael Young 121
11. Julio Lugo 148
12. Alex S. Gonzalez (Cubs) 167
13. Jimmy Rollins 173
14. Jose Valentin 174
15. Alex Gonzalez (Fla.) 176
16. Bobby Crosby 178
17. Rich Aurilia 179
18. David Eckstein 183
19. Adam Everett 186
20. Jack Wilson 188
21. Royce Clayton 190
22. Khalil Greene 192
23. Cristian Guzman 209
24. Chris Woodward 238
25. Craig Counsell 239
26. Carlos Guillen 264
27. Omar Vizquel 268
28. Barry Larkin 274
29. Cesar Izturis 299
30. Ramon Santiago 300

THIRD BASEMEN

1. Alex Rodriguez 2
2. Eric Chavez 13
3. Mike Lowell 18
4. Scott Rolen 33
5. Hank Blalock 36
6. Morgan Ensberg 49
7. Troy Glaus 64
8. Aramis Ramirez 69
9. Adrian Beltre 84
10. Bill Mueller 87
11. Joe Crede 100
12. Vinny Castilla 102
13. Corey Koskie 109
14. Shea Hillenbrand 117
15. Joe Randa 130
16. Eric Hinske 131
17. Tony Batista 134
18. Melvin Mora 136
19. Scott Spiezio 139
20. Sean Burroughs 142
21. Edgardo Alfonzo 164
22. Wes Helms 177
23. Ty Wigginton 180
24. Eric Munson 201
25. Casey Blake 217
26. Mark DeRosa 228
27. David Bell 243
28. Geoff Blum 248
29. Chris Stynes 261
30. Brandon Larson 262

OUTFIELDERS

1. Carlos Beltran 5
2. Manny Ramirez 6
3. Gary Sheffield 8
4. Vladimir Guerrero 9
5. Barry Bonds 10
6. Preston Wilson 11
7. Sammy Sosa 14
8. Vernon Wells 15
9. Carlos Lee 17
10. Garret Anderson 23
11. Ichiro Suzuki 25
12. Carl Crawford 27
13. Magglio Ordonez 28
14. Juan Pierre 30
15. Miguel Cabrera 31
16. Chipper Jones 34
17. Andruw Jones 37
18. Rocco Baldelli 38
19. Luis Gonzalez 39
20. Bob Abreu 42
21. Richard Hidalgo 43
22. Brian Giles 45
23. Raul Mondesi 48
24. Johnny Damon 51
25. Scott Podsednik 53
26. Jim Edmonds 54
27. Lance Berkman 55
28. Austin Kearns 59
29. Jose Guillen 60
30. Corey Patterson 62
31. Carl Everett 63
32. Tike Redman 66
33. Juan Encarnacion 68
34. Reggie Sanders 70
35. Jermaine Dye 71
36. Shawn Green 72
37. Trot Nixon 74
38. Raul Ibanez 75
39. Larry Walker 76
40. Moises Alou 77
41. Alex Sanchez 78
42. Geoff Jenkins 79
43. Cliff Floyd 86
44. J.D. Drew 88
45. Torii Hunter 89
46. Kenny Lofton 91
47. Jeromy Burnitz 92
48. Juan Gonzalez 93
49. Hideki Matsui 94
50. Adam Dunn 95
51. Jeff Conine 96
52. Marquis Grissom 97
53. Jay Gibbons 98
54. Ken Griffey Jr. 99
55. Jason Bay 101
56. Milton Bradley 103
57. Jacque Jones 104
58. Steve Finley 106
59. Pat Burrell 108
60. Luis Matos 115
61. Mike Cameron 116
62. Shannon Stewart 120
63. Brad Wilkerson 124
64. Randy Winn 125
65. Jose Cruz 126
66. Jay Payton 127
67. Ryan Klesko 129
68. Jody Gerut 133
69. Bobby Kielty 143
70. Matt Lawton 146
71. Dave Roberts 147
72. Eli Marrero 152
73. Rondell White 155
74. Marlon Byrd 157
75. Craig Biggio 160
76. Danny Bautista 163
77. Ben Grieve 165
78. Frank Catalanotto 168
79. Larry Bigbie 169
80. Laynce Nix 185
81. Kevin Mench 191
82. Brian Jordan 194
83. Reed Johnson 195
84. Michael Tucker 198
85. Aaron Rowand 199
86. Mark Kotsay 200
87. Aaron Guiel 210
88. Matt Stairs 211
89. Bobby Higginson 213
90. Termel Sledge 216

DESIGNATED HITTERS

1. Frank Thomas 46
2. Dmitri Young 47
3. Aubrey Huff 50
4. David Ortiz 65
5. Bernie Williams 81
6. Edgar Martinez 85
7. Tim Salmon 123
8. Mike Sweeney 137
9. Erubiel Durazo 140
10. Travis Hafner 146
11. Josh Phelps 156
12. Brad Fullmer 172
13. Matt LeCroy 205
14. Ellis Burks 215
15. B.J. Surhoff 241

STARTING PITCHERS

1. Pedro Martinez 1
2. Roy Halladay 2
3. Jason Schmidt 3
4. Kerry Wood 4
5. Tim Hudson 5
6. Mark Prior 6
7. Mike Mussina 7
8. Mark Mulder 8
9. Randy Johnson 10
10. Barry Zito 11
11. Esteban Loaiza 14
12. Andy Pettitte 16
13. Russ Ortiz 17
14. Bartolo Colon 18
15. Kevin Brown 19
16. Johan Santana 22
17. Curt Schilling 23
18. Javier Vazquez 24
19. Roy Oswalt 25
20. Jamie Moyer 27
21. Matt Morris 28
22. Kevin Millwood 29
23. Odalis Perez 30
24. Randy Wolf 31
25. Greg Maddux 32
26. Josh Beckett 33
27. Roger Clemens 34
28. Brandon Webb 35
29. Joel Piniero 36
30. C.C. Sabathia 37
31. Mark Buehrle 38
32. Derek Lowe 40
33. David Wells 42
34. Wade Miller 43
35. Kip Wells 44
36. Livan Hernandez 45
37. Jarrod Washburn 46
38. Freddy Garcia 47
39. Sidney Ponson 48
40. Al Leiter 50
41. Hideo Nomo 51
42. Woody Williams 53
43. Vicente Padilla 54
44. Dontrelle Willis 55
45. Brian Lawrence 59
46. Brad Penny 60
47. Mike Hampton 61
48. Kelvim Escobar 62
49. Carlos Zambrano 63
50. Ben Sheets 64
51. Jose Contreras 65
52. Matt Clement 67
53. Cliff Lee 68
54. Gil Meche 69
55. Brad Radke 70
56. Kyle Lohse 71
57. Tom Glavine 74
58. Victor Zambrano 75
59. Darrell May 76
60. Tomo Ohka 80
61. Kirk Rueter 81
62. Tim Wakefield 82
63. Brian Anderson 83
64. Horacio Ramirez 84
65. Steve Trachsel 85
66. Miguel Batista 86
67. Jake Peavy 87
68. Eric DuBose 89
69. Byung-Hyun Kim 90
70. Josh Fogg 92
71. Mark Redman 93
72. Ryan Franklin 94
73. Zach Day 95
74. Tim Redding 98
75. Jeremy Affeldt 100
76. Jeremi Gonzalez 102
77. Chris Carpenter 104
78. Brett Myers 105
79. John Thomson 106
80. Jeff Suppan 107
81. Jerome Williams 109
82. Carl Pavano 110
83. Jason Davis 112
84. Ted Lilly 114
85. Kaz Ishii 117
86. Kevin Appier 122
87. Adam Eaton 123
88. Mike Maroth 129
89. Jon Garland 130
90. Kris Benson 133
91. Ramon Ortiz 134
92. Jason Johnson 135
93. Pat Hentgen 136
94. Doug Davis 137
95. Rich Harden 138
96. Josh Towers 139
97. Jae Weong Seo 141
98. Kenny Rogers 142
99. John Lackey 145
100. Cory Lidle 146
101. Kurt Ainsworth 148
102. Jimmy Gobble 150
103. Jason Stanford 151
104. Jeremy Bonderman 152
105. Edwin Jackson 153
106. Rodrigo Lopez 154
107. Paul Wilson 155
108. Elmer Dessens 158
109. Eric Milton 159
110. R.A. Dickey 160
111. Danny Wright 161
112. Doug Waechter 162
113. Matt Riley 163
114. Tony Armas Jr. 165
115. Jose Lima 167
116. Shane Reynolds 168
117. Claudio Vargas 171
118. Scott Schoeneweis 179
119. Jose Acevedo 180
120. Dustin Hermanson 181

RELIEF PITCHERS

1. Eric Gagne 9
2. Mariano Rivera 12
3. John Smoltz 13
4. Keith Foulke 15
5. Billy Wagner 20
6. Eddie Guardado 21
7. Octavio Dotel 26
8. Troy Percival 39
9. Trevor Hoffman 41
10. Aquilino Lopez 49
11. Matt Mantei 52
12. Jason Isringhausen 56
13. Joe Borowski 57
14. Armando Benitez 58
15. Joe Nathan 66
16. Ugueth Urbina 72
17. Francisco Cordero 73
18. Jorge Julio 77
19. Arthur Rhodes 78
20. Braden Looper 79
21. Rocky Biddle 88
22. Mike MacDougal 91
23. Danny Kolb 96
24. Billy Koch 97
25. Shawn Chacon 99
26. Dave Riske 101
27. Robb Nen 103
28. Jose Mesa 108
29. Shigetoshi Hasegawa 111
30. Guillermo Mota 113
31. Danny Graves 115
32. Danys Baez 116
33. Rafael Soriano 118
34. Rheal Cormier 119
35. Luis Ayala 120
36. Lance Carter 121
37. Jose Valverde 124
38. Tom Gordon 125
39. LaTroy Hawkins 126
40. Matt Herges 127
41. J.C. Romero 128
42. Wilson Alvarez 131
43. Damaso Marte 132
44. Tim Worrell 140
45. Ryan Wagner 143
46. Justin Speier 144
47. Francisco Rodriguez 147
48. Jose Jimenez 149
49. Paul Shuey 156
50. Brendan Donnelly 157

For a complete list of PVRs by position, go to si.com/fantasy.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH FIRST-RATE Runner-up to Bonds in the 2003 NL MVP vote, Pujols isNo. 1 in PVR.