As we put together our fantasy baseball rankings, we thought we might delve into the always controversial topic of the current top 10 MLB players. We know you may lose sleep over the ignorance of MLB3’s opinion, but we thought we’d try anyway. So without further adieu, the MLB Blog Buzz Top 10 MLB Players.
1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2015 Stats: AB 575 | R 104 | H 172 | 2B 32 | 3B 6 | HR 41 | RBI 90 | SB 11 | BB 92 | SO 158 | BA .299 | OBP .402 | SLG .590 | OPS .991 | BAbip .344
Mike Trout has had his way with the league for four years now, and is not only the best player right now, but is on his way to becoming one of the greatest players of all time. For instance, he lead the American league in rWAR for his three seasons. The two most recent players to do that before Trout were Albert Pujols, and Mickey Mantle. His unique combination of elite power, speed, and defense is unmatched.
2. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2015 Stats: ERA 2.13 | G 33 | IP 232.2 | H 163 | ER 55 | BB 42 | SO 301 | FIP 1.99 | WHIP 0.881 | BB/9 1.6 | SO/9 11.6 | BA Against .194
Clearly, this is a good time for baseball in the Los Angeles metro area. Like Trout, with Clayton Kershaw we are talking all-time great. Unfortunately, his pitches in an era when he’ll never accumulate the totals of the likes of Nolan Ryan. Should he continue his dominance, however, there is no doubt he belongs in the same conversation. He is also the only pitcher we thought deserved top 10 consideration.
3. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
2015 Stats: AB 557 | R 74 | H 177 | 2B 28 | 3B 0 | HR 19 | RBI 95 | SB 2 | BB 56 | SO 52 | BA .318 | OBP .379 | SLG .470 | OPS .849 | BAbip .320
This choice might surprise some people, as Buster Posey is not quite the offensive force of others, but he plays such an important position and he does it well. With such a reliance on defensive metrics, players like Trout and Posey are unmatched. There is no separating the recent success of the San Francisco Giants with Buster Posey.
4. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
2015 Stats: AB 521 | R 118 | H 172 | 2B 38 | 3B 1 | HR 42 | RBI 99 | SB 6 | BB 124 | SO 131 | BA .330 | OBP .460 | SLG .649 | OPS 1.109 | BAbip .369
Bryce Harper finally fulfilled the hype in 2015 with his first MVP
. Some might rank Harper higher, but the question for us is repeat-ability. One of the more staggering statistics for Harper in 2015 was his jump to 124 walks. Do the Washington Nationals has sufficient protection for Harper, or will he be pitched around? Either way, we now know what he is capable of.
5. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
2015 Stats: AB 41 | R 122 | H 184 | 2B 41 | 3B 2 | HR 41 | RBI 123 | SB 6 | BB 73 | SO 133 | BA .297 | OBP .371 | SLG .568 | OPS .939 | BAbip .314
The 2015 AL MVP
was a large part of why the Toronto Blue Jays had so much success in 2015. We think Rogers Centre and the other hitter friendly stadiums in the AL East helped his numbers significantly (.263 road average). But as we saw in his time with the Oakland Athletics, Josh Donaldson is still a solid core for any playoff contender, and he plays a position where elite offense is tough to find.
6. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2015 Stats: AB 567 | R 103 | H 182 | 2B 38 | 3B 2 | HR 33 | RBI 110 | SB 21 | BB 118 | SO 151 | BA .321 | OBP .435 | SLG .570 | OPS 1.005 | BAbip .382
Paul Goldschmidt, over the last few years, has put up the quietest elit numbers in baseball. With the revamped Arizona Diamondbacks rotation, that could change in 2016. Like Donaldson, Goldschmidt also gets some help from his ballpark, but he actually hit more home runs on the road in 2015 with 20. His extra base power would translate anywhere, and makes him one of the best players in baseball.
7. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
2015 Stats: AB 279 | R 47 | H 74 | 2B 12 | 3B 1 | HR 27 | RBI 67 | SB 4 | BB 34 | SO 95 | BA .265 | OBP .346 | SLG .606 | OPS .952 | BAbip .294
Giancarlo Stanton’s has been plagued by random injuries, but that is the only thing that diminishes his value. Not only does he have the kind of power that breaks car windshields, he is a quality defensive outfielder. In 2014 he had 7 defensive runs saved. You don’t often see size met with that kind of athleticism.
8. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
2015 Stats: AB 387 | R 52 | H 108 | 2B 22 | 3B 1 | HR 22 | RBI 68 | SB 14 | BB 40 | SO 78 | BA .279 | OBP .345 | SLG .512 | OPS .857 | BAbip .296
We know Carlos Correa has yet to play a full season, but since Alex Rodriguez and Troy Tulowitzki’s early years, you just don’t find that kind of offensive production at the short stop position. Of course much can happen, but we look for Correa to continue to rise on this list. He averaged .313 with a .392 OBP in the minor leagues.
9. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
2015 Stats: AB 586 | R 94 | H 163 | 2B 38 | 3B 3 | HR 31 | RBI 101 | SB 17 | BB 78 | SO 105 | BA .278 | OBP .387 | SLG .512 | OPS .899 | BAbip .289
Without diminishing his value, as he is one of the top best mlb players, Anthony Rizzo is essentially the poor man’s Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt is slightly better offensively, Rizzo better defensively with 6 defensive runs saved in 2015. Rizzo is the best of the Cubs young talent, which is saying a lot.
10. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
2015 Stats: AB 429 | R 64 | H 145 | 2B 28 | 3B 1 | HR 18 | RBI 76 | SB 1 | BB 77 | SO 82 | BA .338 | OBP .440 | SLG .534 | OPS .974 | BAbip .384
Unlike the others on this list, Miguel Cabrera is a liability defensively, but we just couldn’t leave off his bat. There is still not a more intimidating hitter in baseball. Cabrera can hit everything and does, nuff said.
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