1) Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) - 105 runs, 33 home runs, 114 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, .309...this is Goldschmidt’s 160 game average over the last 3 years. His 2014 season was cut short from a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch. Other than that, he has played 160, and 159 games. He is a STUD that is a definite top 3 pick.
2) Anthony Rizzo (CHC) - At only 26 years old, batting in the 3 spot of a loaded Cubs lineup, Rizzo is in line for a career year. He finished 4th in the NL MVP voting last year, and is only getting better. The fact that he stole 17 bases last year makes him a 2nd rounder at the latest in ‘16.
3) Miguel Cabrera (DET) - Battling injuries the last 2 seasons, Cabrera still managed to win a batting title last year. The home run total was cut in half from 2 years ago though.The power outage HAS to be due to the injuries. His home runs since 2011: 30, 44, 44, 25, 18. Reportedly healthy now, Cabrera should get back to at least 30 dingers while competing for a 5th batting title.
6) Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) - E5 has averaged 86/36/104/4/.272 over the last 3 years. He hits in the middle of the high powered Blue Jays lineup. At 33, Encarnacion should have another great season in 2016.
7) Joey Votto (CIN) - Votto “broke out” again in ‘15 after being hurt for most of the 2014 season. The team around him has only gotten worse though, with Frazier leaving town. This is a nice in depth look at Votto for the upcoming season. He might hit 29 HRs again, but it could be with 80 runs and 80 RBIs.
8) Buster Posey (SF) - He’s awesome, but if you’re playing him at 1st you’re doing it wrong.
9) Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) - Gonzalez, at 33 years old, is still someone you can plug in and count on for 25+ HRs and 90 RBIs. He was the hottest hitter in baseball last April, showing he still can produce at an elite level. He’s been incredibly durable over his career, and you can count on another good year from Gonzalez.
12) Freddie Freeman (ATL) - Freeman was having a good year in ‘15 until he hurt his wrist in June. He went on to hit only .241 with 6 homers in the 2nd half. At 26, he still has great potential, but wrist injuries can zap the power out of a bat. Plus, the Braves lineup will not do him any favors this year.
13) David Ortiz (BOS) - Big Papi had 37 home runs and 108 RBIs last year. So he's decided to retire after this year. The final numbers were great thanks to a stellar 2nd half last year. Ortiz hit .325 with 22 home runs in the 2nd half. Compare that to his .231 average in the first half and you can see Ortiz still will be elite at times... and have an incredibly low floor at others.
14) Albert Pujols (LAA) - The Machine had a career low in average last year (.244) but still managed to hit his most home runs since 2010 (40). The nagging injuries are an everyday thing now. He had foot surgery this winter to help fix those issues. Watch how it goes in the rest of Spring Training, but I might let someone else draft him.
15) Byung Ho Park (MIN) - This is an upside play for 10 and 12 team leagues. Park has enormous power, with the Ks to go with it. In shallow leagues you can find another guy on waivers if Park sucks. His ESPN ADP is 137. This is because of the unknown. We want the upside guys at this point in the draft!