1. Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners)
You must have seen this coming right? Cano has been, undoubtedly, among the best in the MLB over the last five years, finishing in the top 6 of MVP voting each year. It seemed to have been a slight culture shock for Robi to move to Seattle. The extra 13 feet in left field and 12 feet in right field were likely a factor in Cano hitting the fewest amount of homers he’s hit since 2008 (14 HR).
Cano’s BA and OBP in 2014 were among the best in his career, but his SLG and OPS were both in the bottom three of Robi’s 10 years in the majors. The Mariners were not exactly known for hitting the ball over the fence in 2014. In fact, only two Mariners topped Cano’s unimpressive number of 14 (Kyle Seager – 25, Mike Zunino – 22.) In 2015, the Mariners will have the help of 2014 MLB leader in HR Nelson Cruz, but could still rely on a larger output from Cano.
In my crystal (base)ball I see Robinson Cano hitting no more than 22 HR in 2015, while still topping 100 RBI, and representing the American League as an All-Star starter.