Easily Mes. Corcino should be added moving forward -- probably top 5.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Alonso. I continue to think the bat is that good.
I voted Alonso but its a tough choice between him and Mes.
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Mes over Alonso because he's a catcher. Two years ago, who would've imagined he'd be the consensus number one?
Agreed. But I'd say we don't have a real good read yet on how good/bad any of these guys will be at their positions -- except Cozart. He will be solid at SS, and that's a significant consideration in his favor. But Mes might end up moving to make room for Grandal, and vice versa. Alonso may be in LF or 1B. So, the deciding factor for me was the bat.Taking defense and position into account is making it harder than I thought it would be.
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Alonso showed up well in his audition, but he's so limited by position. I'm just not convinced that, as a hitter, he'll be above-average in LF or especially at 1B. For that reason, I think I'll have Cozart, Hamilton and possibly Torreyes ahead of him. I'm probably overvaluing youth, I know . . . but if I had a trade almost made and could complete it by dealing any one of those guys, I think Alonso is the one I'd be least conflicted about.
That said, he has a lot going for him. I didn't know, until September, that I'd like his makeup as much as I do.