Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 2.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 159 575 104 41 90 11 .299
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 158 589 109 35 99 20 .302
Outlook: How does one write anything new about the best player in the game today? He has scored 100 or more runs in every full season in which he has played and has driven in at least 90 runs in the last three seasons despite the challenges in front of him and behind him in the lineup. He does strike out above the league average rate, but fell a duck snort or two shy of hitting over .300 for the third time in four seasons. There is the issue of his stolen base total declining each of the past four seasons, but that has been offset by the growth in power production. Seriously, there is nothing we could put into this block that could or even should stop you from using the first overall pick on him or dropping $40-plus on him in an auction format. You’re going to get what you pay for and that’s his true value.
2 Bryce Harper (Was - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 4.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 153 521 118 42 99 6 .330
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 124 432 77 25 63 6 .296
Outlook: After a couple of injury-plagued seasons, Harper's status as the Next Big Thing was in serious jeopardy, but he stayed healthy in 2015 and proceeded to post numbers far beyond anyone's expectations. When names like Babe Ruth and Ted Williams come up as comps for what Harper accomplished as a 22-year-old MVP last year, it's fair to say he had a pretty good campaign. His biggest improvement came not when he swung the bat, but when he didn't. Harper racked up 124 walks in 153 games after recording 155 free passes in 357 games during his first three seasons, with opposing pitchers often deciding their best course of action was simply to avoid giving him anything to hit at all. As he continues his development, Harper could start putting up walk totals that haven't been seen since Barry Bonds. Harper gave him a three-season head start, but he's now right back in the conversation with Mike Trout as the best young outfielder in the major leagues.
3 Paul Goldschmidt (Ari - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 4.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 159 567 103 33 110 21 .321
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 143 525 94 29 101 15 .309
Outlook: Simply put, Goldschmidt is the best first baseman in fantasy baseball. Few players combine batting average, power and speed the way Goldy does. In 2015, his batting average was good for third in the National League, his 33 home runs placed fifth in the circuit, the 118 RBI were second in the NL and he chipped in 21 stolen bases (14th in the NL). All of this came as Goldy played in 159 games, a year after he played in just 109 games due to a hand injury. At just 28 years old, Goldschmidt is in the early stages of his peak years, so his production should remain at this level for a while. Owners may find it hard to pass on the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper with a top-two pick, but Goldschmidt deserves consideration there, and he will come off the board in the first five picks in almost all mixed league drafts.
4 Josh Donaldson (Tor - 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 6.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 158 620 122 41 123 6 .297
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 158 602 101 31 105 6 .284
Outlook: Donaldson earned his first American League MVP award behind a brilliant season in Toronto, in which he set career highs in home runs (41), runs scored (122), RBI (123), and OPS (.939). The move from Oakland's cavernous coliseum to the homer-happy Rogers Centre led to by far the best power production of Donaldson's career. Donaldson was a fine .263/.343/.487 hitter on the road, but he hit a blistering .330/.398/.647 in Canada, where he clubbed 24 of his 41 homers. Donaldson has been a great hitter for a few years now — since 2005, only three players have multiple seasons of 20 home runs for Oakland: Jack Cust, Brandon Moss, and Donaldson. In other words, even though Donaldson had a career year, it wasn't that far above what we already knew he could do. He will be the engine in the Blue Jays' lineup again next year, and there is no reason he can't repeat this effort.
5 Giancarlo Stanton (Mia - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 7.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 74 279 47 27 67 4 .265
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 112 414 66 29 78 6 .271
Outlook: Stanton missed 88 games in 2015, but still managed to club 27 home runs and knock in 67 runs in just 318 plate appearances, earning as much as full-time starters like Lucas Duda, Carlos Santana and Pedro Alvarez. And despite missing half the season, Stanton hit four home runs of at least 460 feet, twice as many as the next best hitters. Stanton now has 181 home runs since entering the major leagues in 2010 despite missing an average of 47 games per season. Before the injury, Stanton was posting his best raw power numbers of his career. His .606 slugging percentage was just two points off a career high, and his .341 ISO (slugging percentage minus batting average) was a career high by over 20 points. Stanton is the premier power hitter in the game when healthy; if he can stay on the field, he should challenge 40 home runs.
6 Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 6.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-1
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2015 Season 16 7 0 232.7 301 2.13 0.88
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 18 6 0 222.3 257 1.90 0.89
Outlook: It had been 13 years since we had seen a pitcher strike out 300 or more in a season (Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002), but Kershaw finished with 301 punchouts en route to winning 16 games with a 2.13 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. After posting sub-2.00 ERA seasons in 2013 and 2014, it's amazing to think some view 2015 as a disappointment for Kershaw, but that's what happens when expectations are sky-high. Kershaw's 11.6 K/9 was easily the best mark of his distinguished career, and as usual his control was excellent with a 1.6 BB/9. It's fair to wonder whether we have seen him peak, but Kershaw is only headed into his age-28 season, so he's firmly in his prime. Like all pitchers, there is always the possibility of a massive drop-off or some sort of arm injury, but few would give any other pitcher the title of "best in the game," making him a sure-fire 2016 first-round pick, particularly given the strikeout ability.
7 Anthony Rizzo (ChC - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 9.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 160 586 94 31 101 17 .278
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 153 572 85 29 86 9 .264
Outlook: What do you want from your fantasy first baseman? How about 30 home runs, 90 runs, 90 RBI and 10 stolen bases? Or a slash line of .282/.387/.519? That's more or less what Rizzo has averaged the last two seasons, and he's just 26 and in the heart of a strong lineup. He's walked at least 70 times three years in a row, and his career-high 17 stolen bases last year was a pleasant surprise. Sure, Paul Goldschmidt does everything a bit better than Rizzo, but Goldschmidt does everything better than everybody. Rizzo might be the second first baseman off the board in fantasy drafts this year, and he should have his first 100-run/100-RBI season as long as he stays healthy.
8 Carlos Correa (Hou - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 12.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 99 387 52 22 68 14 .279
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 99 387 52 22 68 14 .279
Outlook: Correa, who entered 2015 fully healthy after suffering a fractured fibula the year prior, showed he had nothing left to prove in the minors, hitting .335/.407/.600 with 10 home runs, 44 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 53 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno. He made his big league debut in June as a 20-year-old and never looked back, replacing the injured Jed Lowrie as the Astros' starting shortstop. Correa surpassed his already lofty expectations by hitting .279/.345/.512 with 22 home runs, 68 RBI, and 14 steals in 99 games for Houston. The former No. 1 pick also broke several playoff records for his historic performance (4-for-4, two home runs, 11 total bases) in Game 4 of the ALDS. Fresh off a tremendous debut season, Correa is likely to be the first shortstop taken off the board in 2016 drafts and is justifiable as a first-round pick.
9 Manny Machado (Bal - 3B, SS)
Healthy
ADP: 12.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 162 633 102 35 86 20 .286
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 133 542 76 20 63 9 .284
Outlook: Machado suffered his second serious leg injury in August of 2014, so his 2015 season was a complete shock to even his most ardent supporters. He swiped 20 bases, scored 102 times and hit 35 home runs while driving in 86 runners, setting career highs across the board in his age-23 season. One can look long and hard at his skills without finding a flaw. He is a patient hitter at the plate, makes contact above the league-average rate and his Isolated Power figure has risen three consecutive seasons. He could move down another spot in the lineup if Chris Davis goes elsewhere in free agency, and though a move down the lineup will likely reduce his stolen base total, it should bump up his RBI count. A 40-homer season isn’t impossible as he’s still filling out physically. In a 15-team mixed league, Machado shouldn’t make it out of the first round.
10 José Altuve (Hou - 2B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 13.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 154 638 86 15 66 38 .313
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 155 641 78 9 59 43 .314
Outlook: Altuve reached the 200-hit milestone for the second straight year in 2015, but ended up finishing second in the category overall behind fellow second baseman Dee Gordon (205 hits). The three-time All-Star and 2015 Gold Glove winner still had a phenomenal season, hitting .313/.353/.459 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI — both career highs — over 638 at-bats. The 25-year-old led the AL with 38 stolen bases despite finishing with 18 fewer steals than he had the year before. It seems fair to say his 86 percent success rate on stolen-base attempts in 2014 was an outlier, as that rate fell back to 74.5% last season, which is more in line with his career average. Most will continue to draft Altuve in the first couple rounds as an elite source of steals, batting average and runs, and he could solidify himself as a perennial first-round pick if his power continues to develop.
11 Nolan Arenado (Col - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 14.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 157 616 97 42 130 2 .287
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 134 511 68 23 81 2 .282
Outlook: Arenado broke out in 2015 and rode his sweet swing to a National League-leading 42 home runs and 130 RBI and his first All-Star appearance. And although Arenado was a far superior overall hitter at Coors Field (.960 OPS compared to .835 on the road), he actually hit 22 of his 42 home runs on the road. Additionally, he is an impatient hitter, and his aggressiveness was particularly exploited on the road (.296 OBP). However, his combination of good contact skills, big-time power and 81 games per year at Coors Field make him a surefire first-round pick in drafts this year. Arenado has also steadily increased his flyball rate every year in the majors — a key factor in his power explosion. Only four third basemen hit 30 home runs in 2015 and only three managed 100 RBI, so even if Arenado cannot match last year's breakout performance, he will finish high on the leaderboards.
12 Andrew McCutchen (Pit - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 11.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 157 566 91 23 96 11 .292
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 153 566 92 23 88 19 .307
Outlook: McCutchen’s 2015 season wasn’t too far off from what he did in his MVP season in 2014. However, he did have fewer extra-base hits, hit below .300 for the first time in three seasons and the stolen bases were noticeably absent. From a skills perspective, he is very stable as a guy that gets on base at an elite rate and makes contact better than the league average. Baseball statistics are anything but linear, though the three-year downward trend in McCutchen’s steals is worth watching because it could pull him out of a lock status as first-round pick if he doesn’t trade the steals out for more power. Another 20/20 season is possible, but so is a 30/10 with some favorable HR/FB fluctuation. At worst, he’s a top-20 pick, but he can finish in the top 10 again. An incredibly safe pick.
13 Miguel Cabrera (Det - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 15.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 119 429 64 18 76 1 .338
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 142 532 89 29 107 2 .331
Outlook: Cabrera had been incredibly durable since his debut in 2003, but that all changed in 2015. Miggy struggled out of the gate following offseason ankle surgery and hit the disabled list at the start of July because of a Grade 3 calf strain. He still won the American League batting title upon his return, but there's reason to be concerned about a drop in power in his game. Cabrera's ISO last season (.196) was well below his career average (.241). Some of that can be attributed to his injury, but not all — his drop in power had already shown its face in 2014 (.211 ISO with too many homers turned into doubles). Miggy will continue to deliver in most standard sabermetric categories, but may be less valuable in standard 5x5 roto leagues, especially if those balls that used to go for homers continue to drop in as doubles. He will still come with a hefty price tag, so buyer beware. Cabrera is valuable, but may not deliver a decent return on a high-end investment.
14 Kris Bryant (ChC - 3B, LF, RF)
Healthy
ADP: 17.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 151 559 87 26 99 13 .275
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 151 559 87 26 99 13 .275
Outlook: Bryant was called up in April and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut. That was the last time a fantasy owner had a problem with him. The National League's top rookie just missed driving in 100 runs, and with 26 home runs, 87 runs, and a surprising 13 stolen bases, he was one of the top fantasy players around in 2015. Yes, he still strikes out too much (30.6% K-rate), but he draws plenty of walks (11.8% walk rate) and only Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper receive higher power grades in the National League. All signs are pointing up for the third baseman, but his .275 batting average was fueled by a .383 BABIP, so it's possible his first 40-home-run season could be accompanied by a .250 batting average if that figure normalizes. Prospective owners can live with that.
15 José Bautista (FA - RF, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 16.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 153 543 108 40 114 8 .250
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 142 516 97 34 97 7 .266
Outlook: Bautista notched his sixth straight 25-homer season and his third career 40-homer season in yet another All-Star campaign for the Blue Jays. He finished with the American League lead in walks and notched his fourth year with at least 100 runs scored and 100 RBI. Since 2010, Bautista is averaging a blistering 45 home runs and 115 RBI per 162 games. Bautista's patience puts him in so many two-strike counts that high strikeout totals will be inevitable — 2015 was his third 100-strikeout season in the past six, and he has hit under .260 in three of the past four seasons — but his power remains peerless. The Blue Jays offense will be loaded again in 2016, and Bautista should only see more pitches to hit and get more chances to drive in runs as a result. One particularly encouraging sign for the 35-year old: he has missed only 16 games in the past two seasons.
16 A.J. Pollock (Ari - CF)
DTD
ADP: 22.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 157 609 111 20 76 39 .315
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 123 439 72 12 46 22 .296
Outlook: Healthy for the entire season after missing significant time in 2014 with a broken hand, Pollock erupted in 2015. He batted .315, belted 20 home runs, scored 111 runs (second in the National League) and drove in 76 more across 157 games. Pollock also finished with 39 doubles and 39 steals, and if he had one more of each, he would have been the only player in the league with 20 homers, 40 doubles and 40 steals. The 27-year-old’s breakout performance earned him his first All-Star trip, and he seems primed to return to the mid-summer classic in 2016. The big debate this offseason is whether Pollock is a first-round pick this year. Given the lack of stolen bases in today’s game, his all-around package is unique in fantasy, so it seems completely justifiable to take Pollock at the end of the first round, preferably paired with a power bat early in the second round.
17 Max Scherzer (Was - SP)
DTD
ADP: 16.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-1
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2015 Season 14 12 0 228.7 276 2.79 0.92
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 18 7 0 221.0 256 2.93 1.02
Outlook: It's fair to say that the Nationals got their money's worth from Scherzer. After signing a massive seven-year, $210 million contract in the offseason, the former Tiger ace was utterly dominant in the first half, posting a 2.11 ERA and 0.78 WHIP while winning 10 games. His numbers slid a bit after the All-Star break, but Scherzer still finished the season with career-bests in innings, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts and walks. He also threw two no-hitters, missing a perfect game each time by one baserunner, and his 17-K, zero-BB performance in the second one ranks as one of the greatest starts of all time. The 31-year-old right-hander will have a hard time coming up with an encore, but he may not have to. If the Nats get better health from their offense and better play under new manager Dusty Baker, Scherzer could improve significantly on last year's 14 wins even if his other numbers erode.
18 Edwin Encarnación (Tor - 1B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 22.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 146 528 94 39 111 3 .277
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 139 512 86 36 104 4 .271
Outlook: Encarnacion played 146 games last season, only the third time in his career he’s played that many or more games throughout his whole career. While he was slowed by a variety of minor ailments, he still managed to hit for a .277/.372/.557 line with 39 home runs and 111 RBI. Furthermore, despite missing four games during the month of August, he still managed to put together one of the most impressive months in memory. He collected a hit in all 23 games he played in, hitting for a .407/.460/.919 line with 11 home runs and 35 RBI. It is that kind of month that showed just how valuable he can be to the heart of the Toronto order, as they went 21-6 during that month. Alongside Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista, Encarnacion helps form one of the most formidable trios in all of baseball and any of the three are liable to ignite a big inning at any time.
19 José Abreu (CWS - 1B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 23.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 154 613 88 30 101 0 .290
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 150 584 84 33 104 2 .303
Outlook: With a 30-home run, 101-RBI campaign in 2015, Abreu joined Albert Pujols as the only players to hit at least 30 home runs and accumulate 100 RBI in each of their first two seasons. Of course, Abreu was 27 when he made his major league debut and Pujols was 21, but the feat emphasizes the fact that Abreu landed stateside as an elite hitter in his prime. Abreu was consistent all season long, generally hitting five home runs per month and batting somewhere between .274 and .304. He struggled against lefties in 2015 (.658 OPS), but that split was 1.098 in 2014. So while perhaps a vulnerability was indeed exposed, we can still expect a slight rebound in 2016. Heading into 2016, he profiles as the team’s starting first baseman and No. 3 hitter, and as 2015 proved, he can still put up stats without a stellar supporting cast.
20 Mookie Betts (Bos - CF, RF)
DTD
ADP: 26.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 145 597 92 18 77 21 .291
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 98 393 63 12 48 14 .290
Outlook: Former Boston general manager Ben Cherington made some roster additions that cost him his job, but his best personnel move is the one he never made. Amid pressure to trade Betts for Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, Cherington held his ground and it paid off for Boston. Betts has become one of the more dynamic players in MLB. In mid-June, Betts was hitting .234 with a .659 OPS. From that point on, he hit .329 with a .925 OPS. Betts evolved as a dangerous leadoff hitter who added a power element to his game, finishing third on the team with 18 homers and third with 77 RBI. The 22-year-old’s added power was the result of a change in approach that had him swinging at more pitches, though that cost him some on-base ability (.341 OBP). Betts has an elite power/speed combo with good defense at a premium position. He will continue to hit leadoff and may move to right field if Jackie Bradley remains with the team.
21 Buster Posey (SF - C, 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 18.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: C-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 150 557 74 19 95 2 .318
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 148 541 69 19 85 1 .309
Outlook: Another year, another All-Star performance from Posey. He ranked first among all catchers in batting average (.318), RBI (95), OBP (.379), SLG (.470), OPS (.849) and WAR (6.1). Those who paid the steep price for him on draft day were rewarded with the best fantasy catcher in the game, especially in leagues that factor in OBP and SLG. He is able to sustain his elite performance with a less-than-intimidating supporting cast due to his patience at the plate (47.9 swing%) and high contact rate (88.0 contact%) when he does decide to swing. The knock on drafting top-tier catchers is the fact that they need a certain number of off days for rest. That isn't necessarily the case for Posey, who receives his "off days" playing first base, allowing manager Bruce Bochy to keep his legs fresh and his bat in the lineup. At age 28, there are no signs of him slowing down, and Posey should be treated as the top catcher in fantasy yet again.
22 Joey Votto (Cin - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 27.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 158 545 95 29 80 11 .314
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 127 449 76 20 59 6 .301
Outlook: After seeing Votto limp through the 2014 season, hampered by a distal quadriceps strain that he never shook, he rebounded with a fury in 2015. Once again he was able to generate power from his legs, resulting in 29 homers and a .227 ISO. He drew a career-high 143 walks. Yet to hear some Cincinnati commentators, Votto somehow fell short because he only knocked in 80 runs - that commentary is woefully short-sighted, ignoring all the disaster in front of him in the form of Billy Hamilton and Jason Bourgeois. While the names in front of him might change for the better, those behind him are likely to get worse. The Reds have already traded away Todd Frazier, and more trades could be in the offing as they continue their overhaul. Votto might walk 150 times this year and drive in 70.
23 Jake Arrieta (ChC - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 22.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-1
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2015 Season 22 6 0 229.0 236 1.77 0.86
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 12 5 0 153.7 154 2.52 0.98
Outlook: Before giving up on a young pitcher, remember the story of Jake Arrieta. A good pitching prospect coming up through the Orioles system, Arrieta had a 5.46 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 1.74 K/BB in 358 innings with Baltimore. The O's dumped him on the Cubs for Scott Feldman in the summer of 2013, and the rest is history. In 67 starts with the Cubs, Arrieta has a 2.26 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 3.89 K/BB. As good as he was in 2014, Arrieta took it to another level in 2015, especially during a historic second-half run. In his last nine starts, he went 8-0 with an 0.27 ERA, 0.55 WHIP, and 73:7 K:BB. Then he threw a shutout against Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game. He fell down to earth a bit in his last few starts of the postseason, but Arrieta, who will be 30 by Opening Day, is one of the best pitchers in the National League right now, arguably only behind Clayton Kershaw.
24 George Springer (Hou - RF, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 32.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2015 Season 102 388 59 16 41 16 .276
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 90 342 52 18 46 10 .257
Outlook: Springer struggled out of the gates in 2015, hitting just .222 with seven home runs and 17 RBI through the first two months of the season. He did swipe 11 bases during that span, however, and showed solid plate discipline with 32 walks. When the calendar flipped to June, something clicked for the 26-year-old, as he hit .321/.387/.518 with six long balls and 12 RBI while seeing time atop the order for Houston. Unfortunately, Springer was hit by a pitch during a game on July 1 and ended up missing two months of the season due to a fractured right wrist. Springer has missed significant time in each of the past two seasons, which is a bit concerning for someone who was a second- or third-round fantasy pick last year. His 30/20 upside is too great to ignore, however, and he may even be had at a discount in 2016 drafts.
25 Chris Sale (Bos - SP)
Healthy
ADP: 25.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SP-3
W L SV IP K ERA WHIP
2015 Season 13 11 0 208.7 274 3.41 1.09
2016 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 12 10 0 199.0 236 2.94 1.05
Outlook: Sale was one of the best starting pitchers in the American League in 2015, finishing in the top five in the Cy Young vote for a third straight season. His 2.73 FIP led the league, and his 11.8 K/9 was best among all qualifying pitchers. He had a record eight consecutive games with double-digit strikeout totals, and walked more than two batters in just four starts. His slider is nearly unhittable, and his high-90s fastball is also a very good pitch. Sale's unconventional delivery will continue to trigger injury concerns, but he has averaged over 197 innings since becoming a full-time starter in 2012. The anchor of the White Sox’s staff, he will likely be among the league’s elite once more.
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