Pre-Draft Player Rankings

1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 2.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 157 589 109 27 97 33 .323
2014 Projections 117 430 82 20 58 31 .312
3 Year Average 112 424 86 21 65 29 .314
Outlook: At the end of last season, many wondered whether Trout could repeat his fabulous 2012 campaign. As it turns out, the phenom outfielder actually improved upon his numbers in 2013, increasing his walk rate from 10.5% to an outstanding 15.4%, and finishing the season with a final batting line of .323/.432/.557, good for an almost other-worldly 179 OPS+. The main concern from Trout's 2012 breakout seemed to center on his seemingly unsustainable .383 BABIP, but he was able to defy logic once again, posting a .376 BABIP in 2013. While this number, too, seems like it should decline, it may be that his baseline is such that the number proves to be one of skill thanks to his combination of elite power and speed, rather than good fortune. Trout was once again denied the AL MVP award in 2013, but the 22-year-old looks like he's going to be the one of the best players in the game for many years to come, regardless of how much hardware he has to show for it. He will no doubt be among the first players taken in nearly all 2014 fantasy drafts.
2 Miguel Cabrera (Det - 1B, 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 2.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 148 555 103 44 137 3 .348
2014 Projections 160 589 103 38 122 2 .338
3 Year Average 157 583 108 39 127 3 .340
Outlook: In what has become the norm, Cabrera put together another season for the ages in 2013, besting even his 2012 Triple Crown campaign. Cabrera finished last season hitting .348/.442/.636 with 44 homers, 137 RBI and 103 runs. His 1.078 OPS was easily a career best as he paced the rest of the majors by a wide margin in the category. His plate discipline improved dramatically, bouncing back from a dip in walk rate during the 2012 season (9.8 percent), to 13.8 percent last year. And the scary part is Miggy’s season could have been even better if not for a lingering groin injury, which sapped his production at the plate in September and during the postseason. After the Tigers were ousted from the playoffs, Cabrera was diagnosed with a groin tear. He underwent surgery in late October to repair the injury, but is fully expected to be ready for spring training. To help prevent future injury risk, the Tigers are expected to slide Cabrera back over to first base following the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas in November. At age 30, Cabrera is still in the prime of his career. Barring an unforeseen setback, fantasy owners will once again want to target Cabrera near the top of the draft.
3 Paul Goldschmidt (Ari - 1B)
DL15
ADP: 5.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 602 103 36 125 15 .302
2014 Projections 117 434 68 20 71 13 .283
3 Year Average 118 424 71 21 78 12 .290
Outlook: The brightest star in Arizona's lineup, Goldschmidt had an MVP-worthy year, hitting 36 home runs and driving in 125 runs, while slugging .551. It was the kind of breakout year the organization knew he was capable of, and MVP voters took note, as he finished second to Andrew McCutchen for the honors during the offseason. He's the biggest constant in the batting order, and 2014 figures to be another outstanding campaign for the 26-year-old stud, as his contributions as a five-category player will make him the first player off the board at his position in many leagues this spring.
4 Andrew McCutchen (Pit - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 5.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 157 583 97 21 84 27 .317
2014 Projections 162 597 102 25 90 26 .303
3 Year Average 157 583 97 25 90 23 .302
Outlook: McCutchen enters his age 27 season with a shiny new NL MVP Award under his belt. His league-leading 8.2 WAR in 2013 included 21 homers, 27 steals, 97 runs scored and a .911 OPS. He saw action in 157 games, making it four straight years McCutchen's played in at least 154 contests. Cutch wrecked left-handed pitching to the tune of a .388 batting average and 1.130 OPS, which was actually worse than his 2012 numbers (.392 BA and 1.141 OPS). After tailing off the past couple seasons, the Pittsburgh center fielder avoided a late-season collapse at the plate. McCutchen is in the prime of his career and could easily contend for a second straight MVP in 2014.
5 Carlos Gonzalez (Col - LF, RF)
DL60
ADP: 7.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 110 391 72 26 70 21 .302
2014 Projections 124 476 81 24 80 20 .296
3 Year Average 124 463 84 25 82 20 .300
Outlook: Gonzalez was enjoying his best statistical season since his breakout 2010 campaign until a sprained finger cost him a large chunk of time toward the end of the season, marring his final counting numbers. Although Gonzalez’s strikeout rate spiked nearly eight points to 27.1 percent, the more aggressive overall approach helped him successfully reverse the declining power trend he had shown the previous two seasons. It remains to be seen if those power-hitting skills can be maintained after Gonzalez chose to forego surgery on the injured digit in the offseason, but the outfielder’s batting average and steals numbers have otherwise held steady as he’s dealt with an assortment of injuries the last few seasons. Now 28 years old, Gonzalez remains in the prime of his career and could very well submit an MVP-caliber campaign, but injury issues may forever loom as a potential stumbling block. In fact, his injury risk could increase in 2014 with an impending move to center field, likely exposing him to more diving and running defensively. Still, his five-category potential over a full season of health is too enticing to ignore. Gonzalez may be slowed early in spring training after having an appendectomy in mid-January, but he should have enough time to recover and be ready for Opening Day.
7 Robinson Cano (Sea - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 8.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 605 81 27 107 7 .314
2014 Projections 158 611 83 24 86 5 .275
3 Year Average 160 618 97 29 106 6 .309
Outlook: It was more of the same for Cano for 2013, as he put up his fifth consecutive season with a batting average over .300 and a slugging percentage over .500. At age 31, Cano is showing absolutely no signs of decline, and he remains the no-doubt top second baseman out there. The Mariners made a big splash in free agency by signing Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract in December, a pact that could take him through the rest of his big league career. Although Cano's new home park in Seattle has traditionally limited right-handed power hitters, Safeco Field typically plays below average for left-handed power as well. As a result, there is legitimate concern that some of Cano's home runs could turn into doubles, which has been the case throughout his career away from Yankee Stadium.
8 Hanley Ramirez (LAD - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 10.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 86 304 62 20 57 10 .345
2014 Projections 109 418 63 17 56 16 .263
3 Year Average 112 415 65 18 65 17 .275
Outlook: A variety of injuries limited Ramirez to 86 games in 2013, but when healthy, he performed like an MVP candidate. Ramirez batted .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases in just 304 at-bats. This came after he hit just .243 and .257 the preceding two seasons, so the bat is back, but will his health be there in 2014? If you buy into the whole "guys perform better in contract years," Ramirez is your guy in 2014, as he's scheduled to hit free agency after the season. At the very least, the lineup around him in Los Angeles provides an excellent supporting cast to help him pile up counting stats.
9 Chris Davis (Bal - 1B, 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 10.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 584 103 53 138 4 .286
2014 Projections 114 434 71 35 78 2 .302
3 Year Average 119 433 68 30 81 2 .277
Outlook: Davis gave validity to the age-27 theorists with a monster season that warranted him MVP consideration. He led the league in home runs (53) and RBI (138), despite slowing down in the second half of the season with a .245/.339/.515 line over his final 65 games. Davis also finished fifth in MLB with a 29.6% strikeout rate, but his .348 ISO (also tops in MLB) shows that his raw power could help him sustain his 2013 numbers. The power output alone has vaulted Davis into the fantasy elite among first basemen, and while he may not hit as high as .286 again, he could prove capable of providing 40 homers annually.
10 Adam Jones (Bal - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 12.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 653 100 33 108 14 .285
2014 Projections 155 617 85 29 81 14 .274
3 Year Average 158 623 90 30 91 14 .284
Outlook: Jones has turned into a model of consistency. You can pretty much count on a .280 average, 30 home runs and double-digt steals. Leagues that have OBP or OPS continue to suffer from Jones' inability to take walks, while his 0.18 BB/K ratio in 2013 was a career worst. Jones is entrenched in Baltimore's outfield for at least four more years and he is a very safe fantasy bet provided that he maintains the isolated power levels that he's displayed over the past two seasons (.218 and .208, respectively).
11 Ryan Braun (Mil - RF, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 13.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 61 225 30 9 38 4 .298
2014 Projections 122 465 81 28 86 22 .327
3 Year Average 122 462 82 28 87 22 .320
Outlook: Braun was routinely selected among the top five picks in 2013 fantasy drafts, but he let down both his owners and fans by accepting a 65-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and finishing the season with just 61 games played. He'll get a fresh start in 2014, at least from a fantasy perspective, but questions linger regarding how much of his top-end production from seasons past was artificially enhanced. Despite the uncertainty, the fact remains that Braun owns a .938 career OPS. He'll move to right field this year but almost certainly remain the third hitter in a quality lineup. Braun could slide a bit in drafts due to questions about his numbers, as well as his general unpopularity among certain owners, but few players in his range on cheat sheets possess his upside, making him a tantalizing late first-round option.
12 Joey Votto (Cin - 1B)
DL60
ADP: 14.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 162 581 101 24 73 6 .305
2014 Projections 148 515 87 21 66 6 .303
3 Year Average 145 518 87 22 77 6 .315
Outlook: Votto was a lightning rod for criticism among Reds fans and the local media, but for all the wrong reasons. Way too much bandwidth was spent on discussing his walk rate - as if having a .435 OBP could ever be construed as a negative! But it is true that at times he failed in high profile situations, most notably with the bases loaded. He did struggled defensively in the first half of the season. And most importantly, his power was down - his ISO dropped from .230 to .186. That last factor, combined with the absolutely horrid No. 2 hitters in front of him most of the year contributed to a steep decline in RBI, which has a tangible impact on his fantasy value. He's still an elite player in real life, but in our game those shortcomings knock him out of the first round in traditional formats.
13 Troy Tulowitzki (Col - SS)
DL60
ADP: 14.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 126 446 72 25 82 1 .312
2014 Projections 106 402 64 20 68 3 .299
3 Year Average 105 388 62 21 71 4 .304
Outlook: After sustaining a season-ending groin injury one year earlier, Tulowitzki came out of spring training looking like the MVP candidate of old, batting .347/.414/.639 with 16 homers and 51 RBI in his first 60 games. However, it was in Game 61 where things inevitably turned sour, as Tulowitzki suffered a broken rib while making a diving stop and missed a full month of action. Tulowitzki would come back to hit a more modest but still satisfying .277/.369/.466 in his remaining 65 contests, but it ultimately left fantasy owners wondering just how spectacular his final totals might have been if not for the injury. Those “what ifs” have unfortunately occurred far too often for Tulowitzki, who has missed 35 or more games in four of the past six seasons. The injuries have rendered the former stolen base threat a station-to-station baserunner at this stage in his career, but when healthy, Tulowitzki’s four-category production makes him the class of his position in the fantasy realm. Entering his age-29 season, Tulowitzki still offers first-round upside in nearly any format, but he’s obviously not someone for the risk-averse to target.
14 Edwin Encarnacion (Tor - 1B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 17.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: DH-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 142 530 90 36 104 7 .272
2014 Projections 142 527 85 32 84 9 .273
3 Year Average 142 518 84 32 90 9 .274
Outlook: With a second big season under his belt, Encarnacion can officially be labeled as a late bloomer rather than a fluke. He followed up his breakout 2012 campaign with an impressive 2013 season that saw him slash .272/.370/.534 on the strength of 36 home runs and a 13.2% walk rate. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Encarnacion's profile is that he's lowered his strikeout rate in each of the last four seasons, peaking at a 10.0% mark last season. With Jose Bautista expected to enter 2014 at full health, the Blue Jays should field one of the league's most formidable lineup pairings, and Encarnacion should be primed for another huge season provided that he recovers as expected from offseason wrist surgery.
15 Prince Fielder (Tex - 1B)
DL60
ADP: 17.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 162 624 82 25 106 1 .279
2014 Projections 162 588 87 30 100 1 .303
3 Year Average 162 591 87 31 111 1 .296
Outlook: Following a disappointing 2013 campaign (by his lofty standards, at least), Fielder was traded from Detroit to Texas in a rare 1-for-1 swap of All-Star players. Fielder took a step back in multiple categories, including a drop in OPS from .940 to .819, his worst mark since becoming an everyday major leaguer. His ISO dropped to .178 – well below his career mark of .212 – but Fielder’s batted-ball rates and advanced measures of plate discipline remained similar to his career norms in most categories. The one noticeable drop came in his HR/FB ratio, which dropped to a career-low 13.5 percent. While Fielder is arguably coming off his worst season since 2006, there’s still plenty of value to be had from the big first baseman. He continued to drive in runs at an elite level, finishing fifth in the AL with 106 RBI. Fielder also continued his impressive stretch of staying injury-free, appearing in all 162 games for the third consecutive season. While Fielder’s body type may raise legitimate concern that he will decline from elite levels at a faster rate than other hitters of his ilk, the 30-year-old slugger shouldn’t be considered past his prime just yet. His immense run producing potential in a solid Rangers lineup will keep his overall fantasy value afloat and there’s a strong possibility he'll bounce back from his drop in ISO to post much better power numbers with his move from Comerica Park to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, which has historically boosted left-handed home runs.
16 Bryce Harper (Was - LF)
Healthy
ADP: 18.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 118 424 71 20 58 11 .274
2014 Projections 125 468 90 23 58 14 .291
3 Year Average 128 478 84 21 58 14 .272
Outlook: You can't exactly say that Harper had a sophomore slump given that his OPS, walk and strikeout rates all improved, and his counting stats were nearly identical to those of his rookie season, despite the fact that he saw 100 fewer at-bats. However, owners who expected him to have a Mike Trout-like explosion in his second tour of duty were sorely disappointed. The all-world talent and relentless drive to improve are still there, but the big question with Harper is whether last season's injuries were a direct result of his full throttle playing style or simply bad luck. Given the potential rewards, it's hard not to gamble on the latter.
17 Adrian Beltre (Tex - 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 18.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 161 631 88 30 92 1 .315
2014 Projections 136 535 76 29 80 0 .299
3 Year Average 147 574 88 33 100 1 .312
Outlook: Beltre enjoyed another productive season, managing to play through a litany of injuries to supply 30-plus homers for the fourth straight campaign while maintaining the high average that has been a hallmark for him since he left Seattle. A poor September (.262/.322/.364) put a drag on his overall numbers, but there's no reason to think that he won't remain near the top of the third base rankings for the next year or two, as long as he can stay healthy.
18 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY - CF)
DTD
ADP: 21.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 134 577 92 9 53 52 .298
2014 Projections 131 516 84 14 55 35 .298
3 Year Average 122 513 85 15 61 35 .302
Outlook: Ellsbury once again proved to be an impact hitter atop Boston's lineup with game-changing baserunning skills in 2013. He did nothing to hurt the big payday he got this offseason. Everything he does will pale in comparison to his MVP-caliber season in 2011 - the 32 bombs he hit that season are an outlier - but Ellsbury slugged .426 and had a .781 OPS last season, second-best of his career in both categories. The Yankees inked Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million deal in December, and he will set the table for fellow free-agent additions Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann in pinstripes.
19 Carlos Gomez (Mil - CF)
Healthy
ADP: 25.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: CF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 147 536 80 24 73 40 .284
2014 Projections 104 408 63 17 45 28 .255
3 Year Average 126 394 63 17 49 31 .264
Outlook: Gomez posted an .809 OPS after the All-Star break in 2012 and followed that up with a career year in 2013, posting best-ever numbers in virtually every category. The combination of power and speed he provides is rivaled by few in the fantasy realm, as his totals of 43 home runs and 77 stolen bases over the last two seasons were matched by only Mike Trout and Alex Rios. Each of Gomez's 2013 slash numbers were the best of his career, and he is just entering his prime years, as he will be only 28 years old during the 2014 season, and it's possible that he could be even better.
21 David Wright (NYM - 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 25.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 112 430 63 18 58 17 .307
2014 Projections 125 464 71 16 62 14 .280
3 Year Average 123 467 71 18 71 15 .291
Outlook: Wright, for the second time in three years, had an injury wreak havoc with his season. This time, it was a strained right hamstring that sidelined him from the beginning of August for seven weeks. Wright had a big first half, starting the All-Star Game at Citi Field, and looked to be on pace for another 20-plus HR, 90-plus RBI and possible 30-steal campaign before the injury. He only saw a handful of games when returned, so his overall numbers are skewed by the fact that he only played in 112 contests. Wright's walk, strikeout and contact rates along with his BABIP were pretty close to his 2012 campaign, while his ISO power spiked for the second straight season. He should once again be one of the top third basemen off the board in fantasy drafts.
22 Evan Longoria (TB - 3B, DH)
Healthy
ADP: 24.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 614 91 32 88 1 .269
2014 Projections 126 469 71 27 76 2 .258
3 Year Average 122 457 69 27 81 2 .265
Outlook: After an injury-shortened campaign in 2012, Longoria proved in 2013 what he can bring to the Rays' offense. While a .269 batting average may not seem overly impressive, he posted an .842 OPS and had the third 30-homer season of his career. His RBI total fell to 88 and his strikeout rate rose to 23.4%, but he managed to play in a career-high 160 games. He brings big power to the middle of the order for the Rays and was a finalist for a Gold Glove Award for his prowess defensively. The dip in RBI production is likely not too concerning, since he hit .284/.375/.453 with runners on base. Longoria will enter his age-28 season as an elite option at the hot corner. If he remains healthy, the developing power talent of Wil Myers near him in the lineup will only help him see better pitches to hit. He is a solid bet most seasons to hit 30 home runs with 100 RBI.
23 Giancarlo Stanton (Mia - RF)
Healthy
ADP: 27.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 116 425 62 24 62 1 .249
2014 Projections 124 454 76 34 76 4 .284
3 Year Average 130 463 72 32 78 4 .268
Outlook: A pitiful April (.227/.341/.387 in 20 games) followed by a six-week stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury frustrated Stanton over the first half of the season, but the powerful outfielder got back on track down the stretch, posting a .272/.392/.558 line with 11 home runs over his final 41 games. Though 2013 will go down as a disappointment in the eyes of some, Stanton managed to put up a career-best 14.7 percent walk rate over 504 plate appearances, and his strikeout rate, contact rate and flyball percentage all remained in line with his career norms. Stanton sits with an impressive 117 home runs in his first four major league seasons -- an average of 39 long balls per 162 games played -- and at 24 years old, the 6-foot-6 slugger simply needs to stay on the field to remain a favorite for the NL home run crown. It doesn't hurt that he should also chip in excellent run production (thanks to the walk rate) regardless of who surrounds him in the lineup.
25 Yasiel Puig (LAD - RF, CF)
Healthy
ADP: 28.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: RF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 104 382 66 19 42 11 .319
2014 Projections 137 514 88 26 52 14 .323
3 Year Average 104 382 66 19 42 11 .319
Outlook: Puig electrified the team and the city from Day 1 of his big league debut June 3, knocking two hits in his debut and two home runs in Game 2. He had his ups and downs as pitchers started adapting to his free-swinging ways, but Puig also adapted himself, taking more pitches as the season wore on. The end result was a .319/.391/.534 slash line that included 19 homers and 11 stolen bases in 382 at-bats. He's certainly a work-in-progress, but coming off a .925 OPS rookie season, the sky appears to be the limit.
27 Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 31.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 149 564 86 17 84 30 .284
2014 Projections 114 428 65 12 58 23 .276
3 Year Average 112 430 65 13 60 22 .270
Outlook: It's hard to find much to complain about in a season that saw Kipnis match or set career highs in runs (86), homers (17), RBI (84) and average (.284), while he added 30 steals for good measure. Another second-half slump (.261 average, four homers, 27 RBI, nine steals) was certainly a puzzling development following his elite level of production in the first half. Kipnis actually fared better against southpaws on the season, but the second-half power slump has to be of some concern. He'll be back as the team's everyday second baseman and remains one of the fantasy elite at the keystone with his combination of power and speed.
28 Freddie Freeman (Atl - 1B)
Healthy
ADP: 33.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 1B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 147 551 89 23 109 1 .319
2014 Projections 148 554 81 22 87 2 .292
3 Year Average 150 554 82 22 93 2 .287
Outlook: At first glance, Freeman's 2013 numbers appear to show a marked improvement from 2012, but there are reasons for skepticism. He drew just two more walks than he did in 2012, while striking out only eight fewer times. While Freeman finished second in the National League in RBI with 109, and third in the league with a .319 average, he hit .443 with runners in scoring position, and benefited greatly from a .371 BABIP. Moreover, his ISO dropped from .196 to .181, and he notched just 18 extra-base hits on the road, down from 28 in 2012. Now, all that said, Freeman hit lefties with far more consistency, improving his average against southpaws by 50 points (from .237 to .287), and his overall OPS by 101 points. Freeman didn't hit below .291 in any month of the season, and he appeared in 147 games, a number he's reached in three consecutive seasons. Still just 24 years old, Freeman is locked in at first base and likely into the three-hole in the batting order for Atlanta. While at least a slight regression in average and RBI seems inevitable, he's still an enticing fantasy option.
30 Jose Reyes (Tor - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 34.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 93 382 58 10 37 15 .296
2014 Projections 140 548 85 9 46 29 .305
3 Year Average 126 520 82 9 46 31 .306
Outlook: Reyes turned in a solid .296/.353/.427 line in his first season with the Blue Jays, but was limited to just 419 plate appearances because of injuries. An early-season ankle injury landed him on the 60-day DL, and Reyes never seemed to get back to 100 percent, finishing with just 15 stolen bases. Still one of the best offensive shortstops in the game, his health is as much of a concern now as ever. Fortunately, Reyes ended the season without any injuries, and he'll have the entire offseason to rest his ankle. Assuming he stays healthy, Reyes will almost certainly be one of the league's most productive shortstops again in 2014.
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