Top 100 MLB Players: 41-50
41. Gerrit Cole SP
He started throwing inside with a sinker and his effectiveness increased. He had a 2.66 FIP, 5.4 fWAR in 208 innings pitched in 2015 after having a 3.23 FIP in 2014.
42. Madison Bumgarner SP
Including offense, you could argue he’s higher than 42, but I wanted to focus on his pitching. After three rings and three stellar postseasons, he had his best regular season in 2015 posting a 5.1 fWAR in 218 innings.
43. Dallas Keuchel SP
He had a good 2014 posting a 3.8 fWAR with an o.k. strikeout rate, but in 2016 he increased his strikeout rate and posted a 6.1 fWAR.
44. Jacob deGrom SP
He still hasn’t pitched 350 innings, but his 2.69 FIP is incredibly impressive.
45. Jose Altuve 2B
He’s posted two straight seasons of four-plus wins with a wRC+ of 125. He’s taking shape into the best second basemen in baseball.
46. Francisco Lindor SS
Just a rookie in 2015, but he destroyed the league posting a 4.6 fWAR, 128 wRC+ in 438 plate appearances. FanGraphs gave more value to his defense than offense.
47. Kevin Kiermaier CF
The clear number one defensive center fielder in baseball and has a combined 9.5 fWAR to go along with just above average hitting.
48. Xander Bogaerts SS
His BABIP was .372, which contributed to his 109 wRC+, but he didn’t hit for much power. Regression is due for his BABIP, but if he can add power to compensate for that loss then his fWAR of 4.3 might even go up.
49. Noah Syndergaard
He impressed his rookie season posting a 3.25 FIP in 150 innings pitched, but his projections of four-plus wins gets him on this list.
50. Tyson Ross SP
Combined 7.4 fWAR last two seasons, walks rate is too high, but his strikeout rate makes up for it. He would get over $100 million right now if he was a free agent, that’s for sure.