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40.) Masahiro Tanaka-SP New York Yankees
When healthy, Tanaka has shown that he can be one of the best pitchers in the MLB. His fastball sits in the mid 90s with a nasty splitter that MLB hitters cannot touch. Tanaka has been dealing with arm troubles over the last couple of seasons but appears to finally be fully healthy in 2016 and should dominate hitters.
39.) Brandon Crawford-SS San Francisco Giants
At the young age of 29 years old, Crawford has already captained two World Series winning San Francisco Giants teams. The 2015 all star has been one of the most consistent players in the MLB over the past 5 seasons. The shortstop is talented with the glove and can also produce at the plate.
38.) Adam Wainwright-SP St. Louis Cardinals
Wainwright is coming off an arm injury but appears to finally be healthy for another impressive postseason run. Before his injury, the Cardinals ace came off another 20 win season earning him his 3rd trip to the all star game. With a career 2.98 ERA, Wainwright is truly an ace and should expect him to have an impressive season in 2016.
37.) Yu Darvish-SP Texas Rangers
Darvish missed the 2015 season with an arm injury. Before that, Darvish was one of the most lethal pitchers in the MLB. The 3 time all star has 680 strike outs in only 545.1 innings in his career. Darvish’s massive repertoire of pitches keeps hitters off balance, never knowing what pitch is coming.
36.) Jose Bautista-OF Toronto Blue Jays
The 34 year old outfielder is coming off another impressive season with 40 homeruns. Bautista has raw power while also having the ability to draw walks. The last 6 seasons Bautista was voted to the all star game so there is no reason to expect that he won’t make it again in 2016.
35.) Andrew Miller-RP New York Yankees
The 6’7” lefty had another dominate season in 2015 closing out 36 games while striking out 100 hitters. His unique 3/4ths delivery from the left side along with his tall frame deceives opposing hitters. In 2016 he will be setting up games behind newly acquired closer Aroldis Chapman
34.) Yadier Molina-C St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals catcher has earned himself a ticket to the all star game for the past 7 seasons. Even more impressively, Molina has won 8 straight gold gloves awards for his stellar performance behind the plate. Molina is also one of the best hitting catchers in the league. He has the ability to hit for high averages while also displaying gap to gap power creating extra base hits.
33.) Anthony Rizzo-1B Chicago Cubs
Rizzo has emerged as one of the best 1st basemen in the MLB. The two time all star has raw power hitting over 30 homeruns in both of his last two seasons. Rizzo also hits for high average for a power hitting 1st baseman posting a .278 average in 2015.
32.) Troy Tulowitzki– SS Toronto Blue Jays
Tulo was traded at the trade deadline last season to the Toronto Blue Jays and was crucial in their efforts in making it back to the postseason for the first time in 23 years. The 5 time shortstop is coming off a down season that was plagued with injures. If Tulo can keep his legs healthy while playing on the turf in Toronto, he has the potential to put up another All Star caliber season.
31.) Adam Jones-OF Baltimore Orioles
The veteran center fielder has made a name for himself in the very competitive AL East. Jones has a rare combination of power, average, and speed. Jones is a magician with the glove earning him 4 gold glove awards. Jones had a down season in 2015 dropping him down to 31 on our list but given his track record, expect Jones to climb the table and become a top 10 player again.