This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
We've nearly made it. With just two Mondays left in the season, it looks like this will be the penultimate Barometer of the year. Every year, I like to end the season by taking an objective look at which players rose and fell the most from their preseason draft position. That's still on its way, but this season I'd like to supplement that with a subjective look at the players who have most impressed me all year.
We'll call this the 2021 All-Risers Team. The following players are all going to finish well above their preseason rank at their respective positions, and all have done so in ways that I'm buying into as very sustainable. Many of these guys emerged from obscurity, buried in the reserve rounds, while the rest looked like second- or third-tier options heading into the season but look like top-tier choices now.
I'll be targeting each of these guys heavily next season at somewhere much closer to where they finished this year than where they were drafted. We'll jump right into it since it's a long list, though I'm also interested in hearing from you in the comments about who you'd give your awards to. There will be no Fallers section this week, so apologies to those who were looking for their weekly dose of negativity.
All Risers Team
Eric Haase, C, Tigers
Catcher Average Draft Position (ADP) rank: 85; Catcher Earned Auction Value (EAV) rank: 7
I could have given this spot to Buster