Top 100 MLB Players: 81-90
81. Craig Kimbrel RP
Posted his first season with an FIP under 2.00 due to an increase in home runs, but was still a top reliever in baseball. Now in Boston, it might be tougher, but he’s still worthy of being top 100.
82. Adrian Beltre 3B
This man doesn’t age. He was still above league average at the plate in 600 plate appearances and played elite defense at the hot corner, all at 36 years old. He should be higher, but projections don’t love his age. He’d get my vote for the Hall of Fame.
83. Robinson Cano 2B
He might seem a tad low, but he really struggled in 2015, posting a 2.1 fWAR in 674 plate appearances. He posted his worst wRC+ since 2008 and his defense at second has been steadily declining. Various health issues contributed to Cano’s down season in 2015, and he did post numbers in line with his career norms in the second half.
84. Aroldis Chapman RP
He is suspended for the first 30 games, but still posts sub-2.00 FIPs. As long as his fastball hits 100+ he will be a top reliever.
85. Adam Wainwright SP
Wainwright came back from a torn Achilles in the playoffs, but only pitched in relief. He is expected to start in 2016 and based on his strong peripherals, projections have him at around four wins above replacement level.
86. Matt Duffy 3B
Just one of the star rookies in the 2015 campaign, Duffy posted a 5.0 fWAR in over 600 plate appearances and was robbed of over five home runs during the season according to Jeff Zimmerman of FanGraphs. His base running and defense were strong and is projected to be a four-win player in 2016.
87. Jung Ho Kang IF
Kang was the signing of the year out of Korea and posted a 130 wRC+ in 467 plate appearances. He mostly played third base for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his rookie year, but could play short if needed. Projections don’t like him as much, but Kang should still be viewed as a top-100 player.
88. Kenley Jansen RP
He’s still dominating on every level, but last year Jansen had a career best walk rate. He’s still one of the best relievers in the game and is getting paid like it.
89. Todd Frazier 3B
The Chicago White Sox acquired Frazier in the offseason after he smashed 35 home runs with a 4.4 fWAR for the Cincinnati Reds. This was his third season in a row with 3-plus WAR. Frazier will need to prove he can remain a consistent performer for an entire season after suffering a late fade last year.
90. Collin McHugh SP
McHugh came out of nowhere in 2014 posting a 2.73 ERA and 3.11 FIP in 150 innings pitched and continued his work in 2015 posting a 3.89 ERA, 3.58 FIP in over 200 innings.