8. Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
An All-Star last year, Yasmani Grandal will look to build off his best year in the Majors in the 2016 campaign. His .234 average was underwhelming, but his 16 home runs and and .353 OBP are a lot more intriguing. He’ll likely still split time this year with A.J. Ellis, but will hope to gain more starts and establish himself as the true number-one catcher. The most concerning thing for the Cuban catcher is his awful second half in which he slashed a measly .162/.280/.218 with only two home runs. Quite the drop off from his 14 first half home runs and his .282/.401/.526 slash line.
If Grandal can produce like he did in the first half, he’ll likely make the brunt of the starts for the Dodgers. If his second-half slide continues, he’ll likely be sitting while A.J. Ellis reclaims his fair share of at-bats and starting appearances.