- Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays)
The fact that I know there will be blow back from this ranking is insane to me. 2014 was a down year for Evan Longoria on defense certainly, and his consistency at the plate was not “Longo” like this last year. But, Longoria is still in his prime and his team is going through a transitional period.
If I asked you if you were nervous a 29-year-old player was on the decline because he hit 22 HR and 91 RBI, you would probably think I was crazy right? Yeah me too. At the end of the day, the mistake that I see from Longoria at the plate are correctable. He is not losing power and he is not injured, he is just transitioning into a different kind of player.
I expect to see a similar amount of HR and RBI from Longo this year, with less K’s and more walks raising his BA and OBP.