Jose Ramirez (CLE)- The only thing missing from his game is the lack of surrounding talent in the Cleveland lineup.
Manny Machado (SDP) – Buoyed by the success and enthusiasm of one of the best young players in the game, Fernado Tatis Jr., Machado bounced back nicely. Expect more of the same as the Padres attempt to take the next step and dethrone the reigning World Series Champion Dodgers.
Rafael Devers (BOS) – On August 17 last year, Devers had two homers, 5 RBI, and a .183 BA. He finished up 2020 with 11 homers, 43 RBI, and a .263 BA. Pencil in 30-110-.290 and enjoy the ride.
Anthony Rendon (LAA) – In three-of-the-past four seasons, Rendon has produced a .400+ OBP. He deserves a fair bit more respect than he currently receives.
Alex Bregman (HOU) – He just never got untracked in 2020. The hamstring injury didn’t help, but on a positive note he did manage to post a 26/24 K/BB ratio. A bounceback is in order.
Nolan Arenado (COL) – In 20 games on the road, Arenado hit one homer, drove in 11 runs, and hit for a .227 BA. Granted, it was a small sample size (75 at-bats), but it still is concerning. He has always hit better at Coors Field. Just not that much better.
DJ LeMahieu (NYY) – For those concerned about the possibility of LeMahieu moving out of the Bronx, those fears have now been alleviated with his inking a 6-year $90 million deal with the Yankees. There are very few players you can pencil in for a .300+ BA. LeMahieu is one of those few. 1B-11, 2B-37
Eugenio Suarez (CIN) – The power potential is huge. The 67 strikeouts in 198 at-bats in 2020 indicates that there is the potential for a repeat of a mediocre BA.
Cavan Biggio (TOR) – The combination of youth, power, speed, and stellar on-base skills bodes well for his future. Hitting at the top-of-the-order in Toronto also means a relatively safe 90+ runs scored. 2B-37, OF-18
Kris Bryant (CHC) – There is no way to describe Kris Bryant’s 2020 season other than brutally disappointing. The question then becomes do we measure his career moving forward by the 131 at-bats in 2020, or the stellar 2643 career at-bats over the previous five years. A mulligan for 2020 is in order and is granted.
Jeff McNeil (NYM) – When you post a .381, .383, and .384 OBP in your first three seasons in the league, you’re going to score 90+ runs in the high-powered Mets offense. Toss in the 20-homer potential and handful of steals and you have the makings of a very solid 3B/CI option. 2B-12, OF-32
Max Muncy (LAD) – Muncy slugged 35 HR in both 2018 and 2019 and was on pace to replicate that feat in 2020. You more than likely won’t be using Muncy at third base, but the fact that you can does make a difference. 1B-35, 2B-12
Matt Chapman (OAK) – Labrum Surgery on his right hip cut short his 2020 season but all reports are indicating he will be ready to roll come Spring Training. A healthy Chapman will look to build on the increased power numbers demonstrated over the past several seasons.
Alec Bohm (PHI) – 2020 was the beginning of what should prove to be a long run of success for Bohm. The power will come. 1B-7
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 CI slot. 2B-8, SS-13, OF-21
Josh Donaldson (MIN) – When healthy, Donaldson is an offensive force. In 2020 he hit six homers, drove in 11 runs, and hit for a .222 BA in 81 at-bats. Betting on health at this stage of Donaldson’s career is a risky bet.
Gio Urshela (NYY) – 2019 was a good year. The short-season 2020 was even better as Urshela managed to drop the K rates. Expect more of the same steady production in 2021.
Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) – The odds of Escobar showing up to camp badly out-of-shape again, are very low. He most likely won’t be 2019 good, but even 75% of that level of production makes for a solid CI option.
Yoan Moncada (CWS) – Moncada’s 2020 season was eerily like his 2017 season, and that’s not good news. At least he stole 3 bases in five attempts back in 2017, which is five more attempts than we saw in 2020.
Brian Anderson (MIA) – Eleven homers in two hundred 2020 at-bats indicates there could be a bit more power in the bat than even 2019 suggested.
Justin Turner (FA) – Turner is reportedly looking for a 4-year deal heading into his age-37 season. Good luck with that in this time of depressed contracts. He’ll eventually sign, but not for anything close to what he’s currently searching for.
Jean Segura (PHI) – Oh, how we long for the days when Segura was a consistent source of 20+ thefts. 2B-32
Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT) – An outstanding debut in which Hayes hit for both power and average. Temper those power expectations and remember 85 at-bats does not a career make. A 10-12 home run season with comparable stolen base numbers is a good place to start and will only get better.
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, SS-27
Andres Gimenez (CLE) – He has huge shoes to fill in Cleveland, and won’t, but should still prove to be a decent investment for those searching for 20-to-25 stolen bases. 2B-19, SS-23
Jeimer Candelario (DET) – We saw a huge jump in the BA in 2020, fueled by a 32-for-90 hot streak in August. Is this uptick sustainable? Probably not, but the positive growth demonstrated in 2020 is worthy of our attention. 1B-43
Austin Riley (ATL) – The raw power is off-the-charts good, only to be off-set by his free-swinging ways and low BA.
Kyle Seager (SEA) – The last time that Seager failed to reach the 20 homer mark was never. If one is looking for a safe 20-80 type floor with a .240 BA, Seager is as safe as you’ll get.
J.D. Davis (NYM) – The walk totals are trending in the right direction. 25 homers and a .370 OBP seems like a safe bet. OF-8
Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX) – The one-time backup catcher is now looking at moving from third base to shortstop in his ongoing journey around the infield. We liked his skillset a lot more when he was catcher eligible. SS-15