BBTN 100: Top 5 designated hitters

Updated: March 25, 2014, 10:22 AM ET
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Who are the best players in Major League Baseball heading into the 2014 season? ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts and contributors to rank the top 100. We'll run through the top 10 lists at every position beginning on March 17, and unveil the top 100 on March 27 with a special edition of "Baseball Tonight."

The results will be announced on ESPN.com, Facebook and Twitter (@BBTN). Fans can use the hashtag #BBTN100 to join the discussion and follow along.

To compile the top 100, more than 40 ESPN experts were polled in February, starting with a list of more than 350 players. Using a 0-to-100 scale, they evaluated the players based only on how well they will perform in 2014. Players expected to miss 2014 with an injury were not included. Ages are listed as of July 1.

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