Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) – How good is Fernando Tatis Jr.? In his first 558 big league at-bats, Tatis has amassed 39 homers, driven in 98 runs, scored 111 runs, and stolen 27 bases. He just turned 22-years-of-age and is one of the Top-5 players in our game.
Trea Turner (WAS) – 15 homers with 35 stolen bases at the top-of-the-order in Washington is an outstanding floor. The ceiling is off-the-charts good.
Francisco Lindor (NYM) – The Mets got their man. Now, can they find a way to keep him?
Trevor Story (COL) – Story is heading into free agency in 2022, so the possibility of a trade in his immediate future exists. Be very cognizant of the fact that his production at Coors Field is much better than on the road.
Bo Bichette (TOR) – Power, speed, and an outstanding hit tool. The potential is there to see Bichette emerge as the best shortstop in the game.
Xander Bogaerts (BOS) – The safest bet to go 30-100 with 100 runs scored at shortstop. He does not get nearly the respect that he deserves.
Adalberto Mondesi (KCR) – One of only a scant few players that have the potential to steal 50+ bases.
Tim Anderson (CWS) – He doesn’t walk. So what? He does everything else so well that we can ignore the fact that he’ll never produce a great OBP. Pencil in 15-15 and 100+ runs scored in the ChiSox high-powered offense.
Dansby Swanson (ATL) – The power/speed combination is oh so attractive, and when you toss in the fact that he is hitting in the two-hole in the powerful Braves offense, pencil in 100+ runs scored.
Gleyber Torres (NYY) – As long as the Orioles are in the AL East, expect solid power numbers from the Yankee shortstop.
Corey Seager (LAD) – In 2020, Corey Seager did something that we haven’t seen since 2016, he stayed healthy. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend.
Javier Baez (CHC) – The 75/7 K/BB ratio posted last year is concerning. The fact that the speed numbers are falling isn’t surprising as his caught stealing rate has increased rather drastically over the past couple of years. That’s a lot of red flags for a player approaching thirty.
Didi Gregorius (FA) – 25-85-.275 with a handful of steals makes for a very solid option in the middle-infield.
Marcus Semien (FA) – 2021 is not the best of years to be a Free Agent. He’ll eventually find work and deliver solid numbers across the board.
Jonathan Villar (FA) – The mid-season trade to the Jays was not to his liking, as he slumped badly in Buffalo. Heading into Free Agency, it couldn’t have occurred at a worse time for Villar. A return to the 2019 level of play in which he hit 24 homers, scored 111 runs, and stole 40 bases is unlikely, but 10 homers and 35-to-40 thefts is certainly a decent bet. 2B-13
Tommy Edman (STL) – The consummate super-sub is currently penciled into the leadoff role for the Cards. He will not hit for much power, but the potential for 15 thefts, 80+ runs scored, and his ability to play all over the diamond makes Edman a solid option in your MI slot. 2B-8, 3B-31, OF-21
Carlos Correa (HOU) – Don’t let the great playoff run from last Fall influence your decision. Correa is a 20-75-.260 type with extreme injury risk.
Chris Taylor (LAD) – Heading into 2021 there are questions as to where he will play. Does it really matter? Come years end, Taylor will have found his way into 450 very solid at-bats. 2B-13, OF-24
Ha-seong Kim (SD) – He’s young with an outstanding resume in the KBO. How will that translate in his first year with the Friars?
Jorge Polanco (MIN) – He had off-season surgery to remove a bone spur and deal with a small bone chip on his right ankle. Maybe, he’ll resume running, a part of his game sorely missed over the past couple of seasons.
Andres Gimenez (CLE) – He has huge shoes to fill in Cleveland, and wont, but should still prove to be a decent buy for those searching for 20-to-25 stolen bases out of their middle-infield slot. 2B-19, 3B-10
David Fletcher (LAA) – Single-digit power and speed limit the upside but the solid on-base skills and hitting at the top-of-the-order for the Halos will translate into a pile of runs scored. 2B-15, 3B-8
Paul DeJong (STL) – He strikes out way too much to ever support a decent BA, but when he’s not striking out will be a safe bet to drive the ball out of the park 25-to-30 times.
Nick Ahmed (ARZ) – A perfectly boring 15-75 .250 BA with a handful of steals.
J.P. Crawford (SEA) – The skill-set that made him the 16’th pick of the board in the 2013 June Amateur Draft, has yet to be displayed. The clock is ticking.
Willy Adames (TB) – 25 homers is a decent bet. A BA in the .230 range could be the price paid for those 25 homers.
Kevin Newman (PIT) – How does a player go from double-digit speed to one caught stealing in one season. One would think that to be an impossible task, but it’s exactly what happened to Kevin Newman in 2020. We’re betting that a rebound is in order in 2021. 2B- 20
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX) – We long for the days when Kiner-Falefa had catcher eligibility. 3B-46
Willi Castro (DET) – 2020 was a very good year for the 23-year-old middle infielder. His strikeout rate begs one to question a potential repeat of the .349 BA, but the power potential is intriguing. 3B-8
Wander Franco (TB) – The only remaining question concerning Franco is when does he get the call. A mid-season promotion could be in the cards and if so, you definitely want him rostered for the second half.