Top 100 MLB Players: 51-60
51. Salvador Perez C
One of the best catchers in baseball, but his offense has yet to reach league average since 2013. He’s still extremely valuable even on his new extension.
52. Adam Jones CF
Still at an All-Star level, he has posted four consecutive seasons with at least three wins.
53. Carlos Carrasco SP
He’s had problems with command, but his strikeout, walk and home run rates are at an elite level. If he can put it all together, the old cliche, then he could win a Cy Young award.
54. Jose Quintana SP
Still underrated even though he has a combined 9.9 fWAR the past two seasons and a 3 FIP. He only has four seasons in the majors, but already a 15 combined fWAR. And he’s on a cheap contract.
55. Chris Davis 1B
The Orioles gave him their biggest contract in franchise history and he deserved it. The left power hitter hit 53 home runs in 2013 with a 7 fWAR and 47 home runs in 2016 with a 5.6 fWAR. He did struggle in 2014, but the power was still there.
56. Ian Kinsler 2B
The Prince Fielder-for-Kinsler trade has ended up being a steal for Detroit. Kinsler has been a top second baseman with a combined fWAR of 8.4 the last two seasons.
57. Francisco Liriano SP
He throws the most balls outside the zone in baseball, but hitters swing at them. The Pirates took a chance on him and they’ve been rewarded.
58. Freddie Freeman 1B
Dealt with injuries in 2015, but is still a top first baseman. He had a five fWAR in 2013, 4.2 in 2014 and 3.4 in 2015. If he stays on the field he will easily be worth four wins.
59. Sonny Gray SP
He hasn’t had a strong strikeout rate but has still been worth 3 wins the last two seasons. It seems if he can combine his ability to get soft contact and increase his strikeout rate he could be a top pitcher.
60. Johnny Cueto SP
He’s never had great peripherals, but his run prevention has been well above average. He’s similar to Gray, but has spent all but 81 innings in the National League.