Buster Olney's top 10s for 2021: Ranking MLB's best infielders

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Fingers crossed that the 2021 MLB season will begin on time — and that we get to see some live baseball at the ballpark this year.

As we wait, Buster Olney continues his annual ranking of the 10 best players at each position heading into the coming season, based on input from industry evaluators. Wednesday it’s infielders, featuring two current free agents atop their respective positions, and what could be a historic crop of free-agent shortstops next winter. He has already ranked pitchers, and will follow with outfielders on Thursday and teams on Friday.

Jump to a position:

First basemen | Second basemen | Shortstops | Third basemen | Catchers

First basemen

It’s one of my favorite stories to tell: In the spring of 2010, a rookie outfielder named Jason Heyward was getting a ton of attention — and rightfully so — for shattering car windows far beyond the right-field fence at the Braves’ spring training facility. Heyward was big and strong and any solid contact seemed to rocket. Every March, I liked to ask Chipper Jones — who was nearing the end of his career — about position players, because of his unique understanding of

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