Rank

First Name

Last Name

Team

1 Mike Trout LAA
2 Andrew McCutchen Pit
3 Giancarlo Stanton Mia
4 Carlos Gomez Mil
5 Jose Bautista Tor
6 Jacoby Ellsbury NYY
7 Yasiel Puig LAD
8 Michael Brantley Cle
9 Adam Jones Bal
10 Justin Upton SD
11 Matt Kemp SD
12 Carlos Gonzalez Col
13 Nelson Cruz Sea
14 Bryce Harper Was
15 Corey Dickerson Col
16 Matt Holliday StL
17 Ryan Braun Mil
18 Charlie Blackmon Col
19 Christian Yelich Mia
20 Mookie Betts Bos
21 George Springer Hou
22 Yoenis Cespedes Det
23 Billy Hamilton Cin
24 Starling Marte Pit
25 Jayson Werth Was
26 Jason Heyward StL
27 Kole Calhoun LAA
28 Alex Gordon KC
29 Jay Bruce Cin
30 Brandon Moss Cle
31 Shin-Soo Choo Tex
32 Ryan Zimmerman Was
33 Chris Carter Hou
34 Melky Cabrera CWS
35 Jorge Soler ChC
36 J.D. Martinez Det
37 Carlos Beltran NYY
38 Marcell Ozuna Mia
39 Gregory Polanco Pit
40 Coco Crisp Oak
41 Hunter Pence SF
42 Danny Santana Min
43 Brett Gardner NYY
44 A.J. Pollock Ari
45 Steven Souza TB
46 Leonys Martin Tex
47 Mark Trumbo Ari
48 Yasmany Tomas Ari
49 Wil Myers SD
50 Michael Cuddyer NYM
51 Lorenzo Cain KC
52 Ben Revere Phi
53 Alex Rios KC
54 Steve Pearce Bal
55 Ben Zobrist Oak
56 Marlon Byrd Cin
57 Adam Eaton CWS
58 Austin Jackson Sea
59 Curtis Granderson NYM
60 Carl Crawford LAD
61 Torii Hunter Min
62 Rusney Castillo Bos
63 Josh Harrison Pit
64 Desmond Jennings TB
65 Travis Snider Bal
66 Dexter Fowler ChC
67 Oswaldo Arcia Min
68 Avisail Garcia CWS
69 Khris Davis Mil
70 Nick Markakis Atl
71 Colby Rasmus Hou
72 Joc Pederson LAD
73 Angel Pagan SF
74 Shane Victorino Bos
75 Domonic Brown Phi
76 Rajai Davis Det
77 Martin Prado Mia
78 Norichika Aoki SF
79 Arismendy Alcantara ChC
80 Michael Saunders Tor
81 Juan Lagares NYM
82 Jon Jay StL
83 Drew Stubbs Col
84 Mike Morse Mia
85 Dalton Pompey Tor
86 Kevin Kiermaier TB
87 Alejandro De Aza Bal
88 Denard Span Was
89 Andre Ethier LAD
90 Seth Smith Sea
91 Matt Joyce LAA
92 Logan Morrison Sea
93 Josh Reddick Oak
94 Anthony Gose Det
95 Michael Bourn Cle
96 Dustin Ackley Sea
97 Emilio Bonifacio CWS
98 Stephen Vogt Oak
99 Garrett Jones NYY
100 Carlos Quentin SD

Notable Higher Ranked Players

Mookie Betts: My Rank- 20 ECR- 34

I could have addressed Mookie Betts' rankings disparity with the second basemen, but I'll do so here instead. I am completely enamored with Betts. He embarrassed minor league pitching at the Double-A and Triple-A level before making a nearly seamless transition to the majors. His patience at the dish is that of a veteran well beyond Betts' years, and it comes with a still low-ish strikeout rate of 14.6%. An average north of .300 is probable. Runs will eventually come by the boatload when he claims the leadoff spot, and a dozen homers and 25-to-30 steals are also in the offing. Let others worry about the helium sending him up draft boards while you snatch him up.

Travis Snider: My Rank- 65 ECR- 86

It took a while, but it looks like Travis Snider might be ready to live up to the hype. In 188 plate appearances in the second half last year Snider hit .288 with 9 homers. And for the season his average fly ball and home distance (30.168 feet) was the ninth highest in the majors, according to Baseball Heat Maps. He moves from a ballpark in Pittsburgh that suppresses homers to lefties by 16% to one in Baltimore that amplifies them by 28%. That's a silly 44% swing in homer ballpark factor. Be bullish on Snider and buy stock in him.

Notable Lower Ranked Players

Mark Trumbo: My Rank- 47 ECR- 33

Mark Trumbo's calling card is his power, but his batting average is scary. He's a career .247 hitter who has hit .234 and .235 over the last two years. My biggest knock on Trumbo is his modest or worse production against right-handed pitchers. The statistic wRC+ measures offense in one nice statistic developed by FanGraphs, and while it's not a fantasy stat in standard leagues, it will illustrate my point. A 100 wRC+ is an exactly average offensive player and every point above or below 100 is one percentage point above or below average. Trumbo posted an 83 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers last year, a 90 wRC+ in 2013 and has a 102 wRC+ against them in his career. It's also worth noting he's a prime candidate for getting pulled late in games as a first baseman who's miscast as an outfielder.

Ben Revere: My Rank- 52 ECR- 37

It's possible I harbor an anti-speed bias which is impacting Ben Revere's rank, but my ranking of other speedy players makes me believe that's not the case. There are two statistics games are drafting Revere for, stolen bases and batting average. A nagging leg injury here or there would be death to Revere's fantasy value, even if it doesn't keep him out of the lineup. It's also concerning that he's on a Phillies team that should be selling everything that's not bolted down in their attempts to rebuild. It's possible a team acquiring Revere could view him as a reserve outfielder, but it's also possible he could be dealt to a team that won't allow him to run as often as he has in Philadelphia. All of these considerations factored in my decision to drop him out of the top 50.