Pretty good list. Think id take a few out though. Tulo, Ellsbury, Headley are all outside the top 25 for me. Even when Tulo was healthy this year he wasnt playing like a top 25. Ellsbury same thing. Headley although hes on huge heater, not enough for me to jump on that train just yet. Grandy also has great power but i know plenty of people that will be avoiding him and his crap average.
To replace the above id likely add a few out of these guys: Posey, Castro, Andrus, H. Rameriz, Dickey, Price, Sale.
Miguel Cabrera 3B Albert Pujols 1B Matt Kemp OF Ryan Braun OF Robinson Cano 2B Joey Votto 1B Mike Trout OF Carlos Gonzalez OF Hanley Ramirez SS Prince Fielder 1B Jose Bautista OF Justin Verlander SP Josh Hamilton OF Adrian Gonzalez 1B Stephen Strasburg SP Edwin Encarnacion 3B Adrian Beltre 3B Troy Tulowitzki SS Evan Longoria 3B Mike Stanton OF Andrew McCutchen OF Felix Hernandez SP Buster Posey C Starlin Castro SS Jose Reyes SS
Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen, Joey Votto, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Justin Verlander, Edwin Encarnacion, Felix Hernandez, Mike Stanton, Adrian Beltre, Evan Langoria, Hanley Ramirez, Stephen Strusburg, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Jones, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes
Jose Bautista- wrist injuries always bother me with power hitters. I could pick him up but id rather someone take him ahead of me. Tulo- I never go after players in the first couple of rounds coming off of injuries however if he shows good signs in spring training and the rest of the season i could put him behind justin verlander on this list.
Players that will turn heads;
Adam Jones and Jay Bruce-Call it what you want but I love both of these guys going into next season and would rather have either of them oversome like David Price, Granderson, Texaria, Pedroia, or Ellsbury
16 team mix BA R RBI BB SB SLG ERA W K HD S Whip C Castillo/Castro 1/3/CI Fielder/Wright/Smoack 2/SS/MI Phillips/Castro/Cozart OF Cargo/Jones/Stubbs/Trout DH Brantly/ChrisJohnson P Dickey/M. Gonzalez/Milone/Price/Sale/Wanwrigth/Adams/Balfour/Perez/Russell
I love Bruce too. I think he has made some progress of late against lefties, and this should help him to avoid those prolonged slumps we've become accustomed to. Those slumps are the only reason he has not been a top 15 player the past two years. Sure, he'll still slump, but I think he's becoming a better hitter from a psychological standpoint and that will help him to lessen the frequency and shorten the duration of the slumps. He has legit 45+ HR power, and he will be entering his power prime going into the 2013 season at just 25/26 years of age. It wouldn't shock me in the least if he surpasses 50 HR's at least once in the next 5 years.
The top 4 pitchers, in any order really, should definitely be Verlander, Kershaw, Felix, and Strasburg--with guys like Price, MadBum, Cain, Weaver, Hamels, Gio, Sale, Cueto, etc. coming a bit later. I'm hesitant to include Dickey, as I don't think I'd take him ahead of any of the guys I mentioned, but perhaps he belongs in that second group too...
i think kershaq struggles too much with wins to be a legit top 5, i love all his other stat lines but a cain would be safer. strasburg is great but i would expect no more than 180 innings from him next year so my top 5 is verlander, felix, price, cain and dickey.