Mike Trout finishes No. 1 on Player Rater 

October, 4, 2012
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had two hits in Wednesday's season finale, finishing with an incredible .326 batting average, 30 home runs, 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases. He's the champ on ESPN's Player Rater, beating out Ryan Braun and Miguel Cabrera. Yes, Cabrera won the Triple Crown, but the steals separate Trout and Braun. Trout-Braun-Cabrera is precisely my early 1-2-3 for 2013.

Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw tossed eight innings of one-run ball Wednesday, striking out eight to earn his 14th win. Kershaw finished ninth on the Player Rater, and third among starting pitchers after the two pitchers I think will win the Cy Young Award in their respective leagues, R.A. Dickey and Justin Verlander. The case can be made for Kershaw as fantasy's top pitcher in 2013 drafts, as he finished behind Dickey and Verlander only due to a lack of wins. I'll go Verlander-Kershaw-Felix Hernandez.

[+] EnlargeEvan Longoria, Fernando Rodney, Carlos Pena
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesFernando Rodney (center) finishes with 48 saves, a 0.60 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 76 K's in 74 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Fernando Rodney notched his 48th save on Wednesday night, but in the bigger picture he was fantasy's top closer, edging out Atlanta Braves strikeout monster Craig Kimbrel. Rodney broke Dennis Eckersley's record (1990) for lowest ERA in a season (minimum 50 innings) at 0.60, an incredible and surprising feat considering Rodney's career ERA entering the season was 4.29. That said, my top three closers for 2013 won't include the previously volatile Rodney, but rather Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Jason Motte.