Jose Reyes is still the best shortstop in the National League, but will he be make the Marlins that much better?
As we go into the 2012 Season. I take a look at the best players at each position in the National League. Post comments below please.
P – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
I know Clayton Kershaw won the CY Young, and deservingly so. But let me ask you this: you are managing the World Series in game 7, pick any pitcher in baseball to take your mound, how do you not take Roy?
C – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina led all NL catchers last season in batting average (.305) and is still the best fielding catcher in all of baseball.
1B – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Usually this position is a tough choice in the NL, but with Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder leaving or the AL, Votto takes it easily. Also just wrapped up a long term deal with the Reds, so he is here to stay.
2B – Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
The Reds have arguably the best right side of the infield in the league, but definitely do in the NL.
3B – Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
Panda had a huge bounce back year in 2011. He’s back to hitting for average but showed he can hit for power in big situations as well. Also will say this: I am a huge David Freese guy. Could be an early change after week 1.
SS – Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins
I have tremendous respect for Troy Tulowitzki, but Reyes is more valuable across the board. He will be a huge addition to an already dynamic lineup.
LF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Despite the reports of steroid use, Braun still has an MVP in his trophy case. He had a tremendous year, even though I thought the next guy deserved the award.
CF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
As a stated above, Kemp was my pick for MVP. He had an unbelievable season. Then says in the off season he wants to follow it up with a 50/50 year. Doubtful but regardless he is a freak.
RF – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
This position might be the most changed all year due to the selection of players. Stanton though has freakish power and with three incredibly fast players ahead of him in the lineup, his RBI numbers could be unreal as well.