01/11/2019

Who will be MLB’s best 50 players in five years? Trout, Vlad Jr., Harper make our projection on New Year’s 2019


Welcome to 2019.

All the fun and excitement of 2018 is formally at the rear-view mirror and we are about six weeks away from beat reporters tweeting out grainy cell phone photos through fences as pitchers and catchers report to spring training to begin the new season. I can not wait. Give me all the spring mobile phone photos you can find.
To kick off the new year, we are going to try to predict the future. Not the 2019 year though. We’re going to look ahead five years and try to forecast the best 50 MLB players for the 2023 season. Are you aware how much changes in five years? A lot. Listed below are the top 10 players in baseball years ago, according to WAR:
Trout is the just one of those 10 players I would comfortably expect to become among the top 10 players in WAR in 2019. Heck, go back just three decades, and players like Jake Arrieta and Kevin Kiermaier were one of the top 10 in WAR. A lot changes in five decades. A lot.
That’s not likely to prevent us from attempting to forecast the future however. After consulting with my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes, I have assembled a definitive list of the top 50 players in baseball to the 2023 season. Assuming baseball survives the Great Strike of 2021-22, these will be the best players from the game five years from now.

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