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2022 Diamond Digest Top 10’s Revealed!

Hello everyone. Allow me to reintroduce myself. I’m your host, Sean Huff, and welcome back to the Diamond Digest Top 10 Right Now series. This isn’t a podcast anymore, though I had a blast doing the four podcast episodes earlier this year.

I should explain why this is no longer a podcast. A confluence of factors, including limited availability of co-hosts and I myself having midterms, served to put the series in production limbo for a few weeks. During that time—rejoice—the lockout ended. Yet, with the lockout over, signings commenced. Spring Training started, and so did injuries. No longer were our rankings accurate, due to position changes and missed time for injuries.

We still have all of these lists, though. Here, I’ll present three lists per position. First, I will show the composite Diamond Digest list, the one counted down on the podcast series. Then, I will show my own list at the time of DD voting. Finally, to reflect what’s changed since then, I’ll provide my personal list knowing what’s known now.

Author’s Note: Asterisks in any list indicate a player is now ranked at a different position than they were initially.


RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Yasmani GrandalGrandalGrandal
2Will SmithSmithSmith
3J.T. RealmutoRealmutoRealmuto
4Mike ZuninoSean MurphyMurphy
5Max StassiZuninoZunino
6Mitch GarverGarverGarver
8Willson ContrerasOmar NarváezNarváez
9Salvador PerezJacob StallingsStallings
10StallingsAdley RutschmanContreras

First Basemen

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Guerrero Jr.Guerrero Jr.
2Freddie FreemanFreemanFreeman
3Matt OlsonOlsonOlson
4Max Muncy*Muncy*Paul Goldschmidt
5GoldschmidtGoldschmidtPete Alonso
6Joey VottoAlonsoBrandon Belt
7AlonsoBeltTy France
8José AbreuFranceVotto
9BeltVottoJared Walsh
10Yuli GurrielYandy Díaz*Abreu

Second Basemen

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Marcus SemienSemienSemien
2Brandon LoweLoweLowe
3Ketel MarteMarteMarte
4Ozzie AlbiesJose AltuveAltuve
5AltuveAlbiesTrevor Story*
6Jake CronenworthCronenworthAlbies
7Jonathan IndiaJorge PolancoCronenworth
8Javier Báez*Báez*Chris Taylor*
10Whit Merrifield*Jeff McNeilIndia


RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Fernando Tatis Jr.Tatis Jr.Carlos Correa
2CorreaCorreaTrea Turner
3TurnerTurnerCorey Seager
4SeagerSeagerTatis Jr.
5Xander BogaertsWander FrancoFranco
7Story*Tim AndersonAnderson
8Francisco LindorLindorLindor
9AndersonBo BichetteBichette
10BichetteStory*Brandon Crawford

Third Basemen

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1José RamírezRamírezRamírez
2Rafael DeversManny MachadoMachado
3Nolan ArenadoYoán MoncadaMoncada
5Matt ChapmanAlex BregmanBregman
6Anthony RendonRendonRendon
9Kris Bryant*Ke’Bryan HayesJosh Donaldson
10Austin RileyRileyRiley

Left Fielders

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Mike Trout*Trout*Tyler O’Neill
2Giancarlo Stanton*O’NeillJesse Winker
3WinkerStanton*Joey Gallo
4O’NeillTaylor*Nick Castellanos*
5GalloWinkerMark Canha
7Eloy JiménezCanhaMichael Brantley
8Randy ArozarenaBrantleyJiménez
9Christian YelichJiménezYelich
10CanhaKyle Schwarber*Arozarena

Center Fielders

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Bryan ReynoldsByron BuxtonTrout*
2Luis RobertReynoldsRonald Acuña Jr.*
4Cedric Mullins IIBrandon NimmoReynolds
5George SpringerMullins IIRobert
6Starling Marte*SpringerNimmo
7NimmoMarte*Mullins II
8Trent GrishamGrishamSpringer
9Cody BellingerBellingerGrisham
10Harrison BaderBaderBader

Right Fielders

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPresident – Updated
1Juan SotoSotoSoto
2Acuña Jr.*Acuña Jr.*Bryce Harper
3Mookie BettsHarperBetts
4HarperBettsAaron Judge
5JudgeJudgeKyle Tucker
7Castellanos*Castellanos*Michael Conforto
8Teoscar HernándezConfortoHernández
9ConfortoHernándezAvisaíl García
10Mitch HanigerGarcíaRobbie Grossman

Designated Hitters

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Yordan ÁlvarezÁlvarezMuncy*
2Shohei OhtaniOhtaniÁlvarez
3J.D. MartinezMartinezOhtani
4Nelson CruzCruzStanton*
5Franmil ReyesAlejandro KirkMartinez
6Gavin SheetsSheetsSchwarber*
8Seth BeerYoshi TsutsugoLuke Voit*
9Daniel VogelbachVogelbachKirk
10TsutsugoBeerAustin Meadows*

Starting Pitchers

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Jacob deGromdeGromdeGrom
2Corbin BurnesBurnesBurnes
3Gerrit ColeBrandon WoodruffWoodruff
4Max ScherzerColeCole
5Walker BuehlerBuehlerBuehler
6Zack WheelerScherzerScherzer
7Shane BieberBieberBieber
8WoodruffWheelerSandy Alcantara
9Robbie RayAlcantaraCharlie Morton
10Lucas GiolitoMortonLogan Webb
11Aaron NolaWebbGiolito
12Max FriedGiolitoRay
14Luis CastilloCarlos RodónRodón
15Kevin GausmanNolaNola
16Lance LynnGausmanGausman
17José BerríosNathan EovaldiEovaldi
18RodónLance McCullers Jr.Castillo
19Chris SaleCastilloUrías
20MortonJulio UríasBerríos

Relief Pitchers

RankDiamond DigestPersonal – DecemberPersonal – Updated
1Josh HaderLiam HendriksHendriks
3Emmanuel ClaseRaisel IglesiasIglesias
4IglesiasRyan PresslyDevin Williams
5Blake TreinenClasePressly
6PresslyGiovanny GallegosClase
7WilliamsJonathan LoáisigaGallegos
9Garrett WhitlockCollin McHughTreinen
10Kenley JansenTreinenTaylor Rogers

What do you think of our lists? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @Diamond_Digest!

Featured Image: @Angels / Twitter

Sean Huff

Sean is an applied psychology graduate student in his third semester at Fordham College of Arts and Sciences. He is a lifelong baseball fan with a nominal affinity for the Phillies. You can follow him on Twitter at @srhkthew2 for occasional comments on baseball and assorted esoterica.

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