Goldschmidt, who ranked 13th on last year's list, finished one spot ahead of the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey and one spot behind the Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson. Greinke, who ranked 28th on last year's list, finished one spot ahead of the Boston Red Sox's David Price and one spot behind the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano. Pollock, who was not ranked on last year's list, finished one spot behind the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant.
In five episodes across three consecutive nights, MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, Ron Darling and Bill Ripken counted down the top 100 players in Major League Baseball based on player performance over the past several seasons, with an emphasis on 2015. This year's ranking also weighted projected 2016 performance, taking into account players returning from injury and young players expected to break out, as well as base-running, defensive value and award finishes. Here's the full listing of the top 20.
- Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Bryce Harper, RF, Washington Nationals
- Clayton Kershaw, P, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
- Manny Machado, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
- Jake Arrieta, P, Chicago Cubs
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers
- Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
- Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros
- Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
- Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins
- Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners
- Zack Greinke, P, Arizona Diamondbacks
- David Price, P, Boston Red Sox
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Chicago Cubs
- Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
- A.J. Pollock, CF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Personally, I would probably have put Goldschmidt above both Donaldson and McCutchen, but what do you reckon? The D-backs and Cubs each had three players listed in the top 20, with the Astros the only other team to have more than one representative.