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ESPN ranks Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart as #171, #173 players for 2013

They're the eleventh and 12th players to appear on the list.


ESPN is still working on the weekend, but only half as hard.

After unveiling #401-500 on Wednesday, 301-400 on Thursday and 201-300 yesterday, today they showed us #151-200 on their list of baseball's top 500 players for 2013, and two Brewers joined the conversation:

Rickie Weeks, #171: Weeks is down 81 spots from a year ago after a down year where he hit .230/.328/.400 (posting his lowest OPS since 2005) but still appeared in 157 games and hit 20 or more home runs for the third consecutive season. Being in this spot puts him slightly behind Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick (#161) but ahead of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (#175).

Corey Hart, #173: Two spots down the list we have another Brewer whose stock has fallen in the last year. Corey Hart was #144 a year ago but dropped on this list despite hitting .270/.334/.507 with 30 home runs while making a pretty seamless transition to first base. Depending on when the polling was done here, Hart's injury may have been an issue. This year he's a spot below Twins first baseman and former AL MVP Justin Morneau and a spot above Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings.

Other former Brewers on the list include J.J. Hardy (#164), Nelson Cruz (#169), Mike Adams (#176) and Grant Balfour (#177).

Kyle Lohse isn't a Brewer, but since his name comes up in connection to the Brewers at least once daily I might as well mention that he's on this list at #151.