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. The countdown from No. 100 to No. 1 begins March 17 and ends March 27 with a special edition of "Baseball Tonight" at 10 p.m. ET.
To compile the top 100, more than 40 ESPN experts, who were polled in February, started 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, 2014.