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The Next Studs (+1 Old Guy)
2). Xander Bogaerts (BOS) - With a full season at shortstop in ‘15, Bogaerts broke out it a big way. Batting .320, he had 84 runs and 81 RBIs, and was a top 45 overall player. The big question is will the power come in 2016?
3). Corey Seager (LAD) - The 18th overall pick in 2012, Seager did not disappoint in his short time in the bigs in 2015. He batted .337 over 98 at bats. He’s probably not hitting that over the full ‘16 season, but he has all the tools to be a stud for many years to come.
4). Troy Tulowitzki (TOR) - 25, 21,17...Tulo’s HRs since 2013. At 31 years old, Tulo is on the downswing of his career, he’s also a band-aid, but if he continues to bat leadoff in the crazy Blue Jays lineup, he will score a ton of runs when healthy.
5). Francisco Lindor (CLE) - The 8th pick in the 2011 draft, Lindor hit.313 and 12/12 in his first season in the majors. He’ll hit high in the Indians lineup, and contribute in every category. He might leap over Tulo in these rankings by Opening Day.
The Other Guys
6). Jose Reyes (COL) - We need to watch the news as we get closer to opening day. Reyes was arrested in the offseason and the trial is scheduled for April 4th. After a great 2014 in Toronto, Reyes was traded halfway through ‘15 to the Rockies. He’ll still run like crazy and score runs at Coors.
7). Ian Desmond (FA) - His average has dropped every year since 2012, down to .233 in ‘15. At 30 years old, he should continue to hit around 20 HRs, but his days of 20 steals may be done with this 13 SB performance last year. A free agent right now, we’ll watch where he ends up.
8). Addison Russell (CHC) - After batting .242 and in the 9th spot for ‘15, a lot of people are off the 22 year old. He was the 11th pick in the 2012 draft, ahead of Corey Seager. Russell also averaged over .300, from AA up, in the minors. He has the athletic build to to hit for power, and steal a few bags. He’ll hopefully move up in the order this year and could be poised for a breakout season.
9). Elvis Andrus (TEX) - It seems like we saw Andrus’ ceiling already in 2013. He should steal somewhere between 25-30 bags this year, but the power just isn’t there. Look at your team build through the draft, if you need steals, this could be a good late fit.
10). Brandon Crawford (SF) - Busting out in a big way last year, Crawford hit 21 bombs and 84 RBIs. Unfortunately, those were his 2 categories, as the runs, stolen bases, and average lagged behind others at the position. He finished as the 142nd overall player on Yahoo. We can expect a similar year in ‘16 with Crawford batting somewhere around the 6th spot in the lineup.
11). Jhonny Peralta (STL) - Now at 33 years old, Peralta has averaged 16 HRs and a .277 average over the last 3 years. It won’t get much better this year for Peralta, but those numbers won’t kill you late in the draft.
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