Top 100 MLB Players: 31-40
31. Yoenis Cespedes OF
After killing it with the Mets after being acquired from Detroit, he signed up for another three years with an opt out after one. His power went up and his defense is still superb.
32. Cole Hamels SP
Hamels posted a 3.79 FIP after being acquired from Philadelphia and impressed in the postseason. He still has a strong strikeout and walk rate, but well see if he can limit the home runs.
33. Carlos Correa SS
I couldn’t resist putting him in the top 40 due to his strong rookie season. He posted a 133 wRC+, 3.3 fWAR in 432 plate appearances and is projected to be a four-plus win player.
34. Brandon Crawford SS
After being a league average hitter for two seasons, he finally broke out and hit for a 117 wRC+. He hit 21 home runs, won the Gold Glove and posted an MLB shortstop high 4.7 fWAR.
35. Nolan Arenado 3B
His walk rate has hurt him, but his home run power will keep him at an All-Star level. He’s slugged over .500 for his second straight season and posted a 4.5 fWAR in 2015.
36. Russell Martin C
His catching ability is what he’s known for, but he had a 141 wRC+ in 2014 and 114 in 2015. If it wasn’t for Posey, he might be number one on the catcher list next to Lucroy.
37. Chris Archer SP
He put everything together and posted a 2.90 FIP in the American League East over 212 innings pitched. His slider is lethal and he’s on a cheap contract.
38. Matt Harvey SP
Has only 427 innings pitched, but a 2.53 ERA and 2.65 FIP. He’s extremely hard to hit and is projected to be close to a five win player in 2016.
39. Matt Carpenter 3B
Combined 9.2 fWAR in the last two seasons with a wRC+ over 125. His consistency is an example of “The Cardinal Way” (sorry).
40. Edwin Encarnacion 1B
His fourth straight season with at least 30 home runs and at least 145 wRC+. He’s a monster at the plate and we’ll see plenty of parrot this upcoming season.