Clayton Kershaw Leads 6 Dodgers Named In MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now Entering 2017
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed six players in MLB Network’s Top 100 Right Now entering the 2017, led by Clayton Kershaw at No. 2. He was ranked just behind Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout for the second time in the past four years.

The list of top 100 players right now was assembled by the MLB Network research department, and took into account stats from the past three seasons, position and accolades, and projected 2017 performance. Kershaw finished third in 2016, first in 2015, second in 2014, and fifth in 2013 and 2012.

This year, he was the lone pitcher ranked in the top 10. The Dodgers were next represented by Corey Seager, who debuted in MLB Network’s annual ranking at No. 11 overall.

Justin Turner checked in at No. 56, which is up from his standing at No. 84 entering last season. Noteworthy third basemen he placed ahead of were Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays (No. 57) and St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter (No. 58). Turner was not ranked in 2014 and 2015.

Kenley Jansen was ranked No. 65 overall after not appearing on the list heading into last season. Jansen also wasn’t ranked in 2014, and was last recognized by MLB Network in 2015 at No. 87.

Yasmani Grandal debuted at No. 90, and Adrian Gonzalez rounded out the Dodgers’ representation at No. 91. Gonzalez’s ranking continued a downward trend since 2014.

The veteran first baseman peaked in 2012 at No. 14, slipped to No. 95 the following year, climbed to No. 52 in 2014, then dropped to No. 58 in 2015 and No. 79 entering last year.

Kershaw (first), Seager (first), Grandal (third), Jansen (third) and Turner (fifth) were ranked among the top-10 players at their position entering this season by MLB Network’s The Shredder. Jansen was examined under a scope with all relief pitchers, not specifically closers.

The Chicago Cubs led all teams with nine players in the top 100. The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians tied for second with eight, Washington Nationals had seven, and the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants tied with six.

Complete ranking of MLB Network’s Top 100 Players Right Now included below.

1Mike Trout (Angels)
2Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
3Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
4Kris Bryant (Cubs)
5Jose Altuve (Astros)
6Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
7Manny Machado (Orioles)
8Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
9Bryce Harper (Nationals)
10Joey Votto (Reds)
11Corey Seager (Dodgers)
12Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
13Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)
14Max Scherzer (Nationals)
15Robinson Cano (Mariners)
16Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
17Buster Posey (Giants)
18Freddie Freeman (Braves)
19Francisco Lindor (Indians)
20Carlos Correa (Astros)
21Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)
22Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
23Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
24Noah Syndergaard (Mets)
25Corey Kluber (Indians)
26Edwin Encarnacion (Indians)
27Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
28Jake Arrieta (Cubs)
29Jon Lester (Cubs)
30Chris Sale (Red Sox)
31Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
32Ryan Braun (Brewers)
33Starling Marte (Pirates)
34Nelson Cruz (Mariners)
35Brian Dozier (Twins)
36Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
37Kyle Seager (Mariners)
38Andrew Miller (Indians)
39Zach Britton (Orioles)
40Christian Yelich (Marlins)
41George Springer (Astros)
42Brandon Crawford (Giants)
43Justin Verlander (Tigers)
44Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
45Trea Turner (Nationals)
46A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks)
47Johnny Cueto (Giants)
48Jacob deGrom (Mets)
49Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
50David Price (Red Sox)
51J.D. Martinez (Tigers)
52Aroldis Chapman (Yankees)
53Jonathan Lucroy (Rangers)
54Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
55Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
56Justin Turner (Dodgers)
57Evan Longoria (Rays)
58Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
59Kyle Hendricks (Cubs)
60Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
61Adam Eaton (Nationals)
62Dexter Fowler (Cardinals)
63DJ LeMahieu (Rockies)
64Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks)
65Kenley Jansen (Dodgers)
66Jose Abreu (White Sox)
67Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)
68Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
69Ben Zobrist (Cubs)
70Brandon Belt (Giants)
71Khris Davis (Athletics)
72Kyle Schwarber (Cubs)
73Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox)
74Michael Brantley (Indians)
75Carlos Carrasco (Indians)
76Jason Kipnis (indians)
77Jose Quintana (White Sox)
78Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays)
79Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)
80Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
81Mark Melancon (Giants)
82Dellin Betances (Yankees)
83Chris Davis (Orioles)
84Justin Upton (Tigers)
85Wade Davis (Cubs)
86Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
87Addison Russell (Cubs)
88Troy Tulowitzki (Blue Jays)
89Trevor Story (Rockies)
90Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
91Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
92Lorenzo Cain (Royals)
93Carlos Santana (Indians)
94Anthony Rendon (Nationals)
95Rick Porcello (Red Sox)
96Cole Hamels (Rangers)
97Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
98Salvador Perez (Royals)
99Wilson Ramos (Rays)
100Yu Darvish (Rangers)