This week, MLB Network has been counting down the best players in the Major Leagues.
In episodes of "Top 100 Right Now," which began Wednesday with Nos. 100-61, Greg Amsinger, Ron Darling and Bill Ripken have counted down the top players based on performance over the past several seasons with an emphasis on 2016 and projected '17 performance.
Network analysts pulled the curtain on another portion of the rankings Thursday night, unveiling Nos. 60-21, beginning with Carlos Gonzalez and ending with Yoenis Cespedes.
Of note were a number of considerable risers from last year's rankings, including the Nationals' Daniel Murphy, who followed up his stellar '15 postseason with a run at the National League MVP Award in '16. Andrew Miller (97 to 38), Kyle Seager (99 to 37) and Ryan Braun (86 to 32) also enjoyed similar climbs.
After going unranked in '16, Justin Verlander (43) returns to the Top 100. He finished as last season's runner-up in the American League Cy Young Award voting after his successful comeback campaign. Others who resurfaced after a year's absence were Lester and Christian Yelich (40).