Notable Higher Ranked Player
Justin Morneau: My Rank- 16 ECR- 26
Coors Field is just what the doctor ordered for turning Justin Morneau around last year. He thrived in his new digs turning in a .319 batting average for the season and striking out in a miniscule 10.9% of his plate appearances. He really scalded the ball, and I think a few more long balls could be launched by the former American League MVP. His 44.0% ground ball rate last year, per FanGraphs, was his highest since 2007. A few more fly balls would really help him up his tater total. Add a healthy Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to this lineup and I see the opportunity for more run production, too. Add it up and you’ve got a very nice line.
Notable Lower Ranked Player
Albert Pujols: My Rank- 13 ECR- 8
There is no other way to say it, Albert Pujols lacks the pop he once had. In his first season with the Angels he had a .231 ISO. Over the last two seasons his ISO has been .179 and .194 respectively. Pujols hasn’t had an average over .280 since 2012. Couple his down batting average with his diminishing power and you’ve got a player who’s far too reliant on run production numbers and others in the lineup for me to feel comfortable ranking him in the top 10.