3. Chris Davis bounced back in a big way.
After being downright awful for all of 2014, the big man at first base turned in an outstanding 2015 campaign. What’s more impressive is that as late as May 26, Davis was batting just .208 and looking like the player who batted below the Mendoza Line for the entirety of the 2014 season. Before flipping the switch, Davis looked lost and was striking out at a pace that would have shattered the all-time record of 223 by about 50 strikeouts. The slugging first baseman would end up with 208 strikeouts on the year, but that is inconsequential when considering the raw power numbers.
Davis wound up leading the league with 47 home runs, and was robbed of at least five on outstanding catches. A second 50-homer season was a real possibility if not for some Gold Glove caliber defense. In the second half, Davis slashed .293/.409/.669 with 28 home runs and 65 RBIs in only 74 games. These were the type of numbers Davis put up in the first half of his 53-home run 2013 season. Davis once again proved that when he is locked in, every at-bat can result in a home run.
Open the checkbook and pay the man, Peter.