Several World Series winners are featured on our list. See where they land on our list.
20.) Madison Bumgarner– SP San Francisco Giants
The 2014 World Series MVP is coming off another impressive season with 18 wins carring a 2.93 ERA at the age of just 25 years old. The three time All Star has posted double digit wins in all 5 of his full seasons in the MLB. Even more impressively, Bumgarner also carries two Silver Slugger awards.
19.) Dallas Keuchel– SP Houston Astros
Keuchel is coming off an outstanding 2015 where he earned himself a Cy Young award. The left hander truly represents what it means to be a Rembrandt. His ability to make his fastball move both ways along with pin point accuracy makes him almost impossible to hit. He also carries a changeup that he uses to neutralize hitters.
18.) Lorenzo Cain– OF Kansas City Royals
This offseason Cain earned himself an extension with the Royals for two more years. The 29 year old outfielder has tremendous speed while hitting for high average. Cain has hit over .300 for the past two seasons with 28 steals each year. Cain also has a very impressive 7.2 Wins Above Replacement ranking him 11th in the league last season.
17.) Jose Fernandez– SP Miami Marlins
Though there was much trade speculation over the 23 year old flame thrower, Fernandez will be starting the 2016 regular season in Miami. The former Rookie of the Year award winner has truly proven that he is one of the MLB’s best
16.) Josh Donaldson– 3B Toronto Blue Jays
Donaldson went to Toronto last season and turned their losing ways around. The 30 year old emerged to the scene and ultimately won the MVP award. The 3rd baseman won the Silver Slugger award by driving in a league leading 123 runs while scoring 122 himself. Donaldson hits for massive power with 41 homeruns last season while still hitting for high averages with a .297 average for the seasons.
15.) Jose Altuve– 2B Houston Astros
Altuve has defied odds throughout his entire career. At only 5’5” nobody thought that the second baseman would be able to make anything of his career. At only the age of 25, Altuve has led the league in hits and stolen bases for the past two seasons. The 3 time All Star hit an astonishing .341 and .313 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
14.) Nolan Arenado– 3B Colorado Rockies
The 24 year old has made a name for himself in Colorado. Last season Arenado led the league in homeruns with 42 and RBIs with 130. The 3rd baseman also has won a Gold Glove in his 3 seasons in the MLB while also winning a Silver Slugger award in 2015.
13.) Chris Sale– SP Chicago White Sox
The 6’6” lefty has been dominate in his 6 seasons in the MLB. With his 3/4th arm angle that deceives hitters along with a wipeout slider, Sale is almost impossible to hit. Sale has been elected to the All Star game for the past 4 seasons while throwing 200 innings in all of those seasons. Sale also lead the league in strikeouts last season with 274 along with a 11.8 strikeouts per 9 innings.
12.) Kris Bryant– 3B Chicago Cubs
Kris Bryant emerged to the scene last season winning himself a Rookie of the Year award. Bryant is truly a monster at the plate. He displays a flawless swing that is marveling to watch. Bryant has the ability to hit above a .300 average while hitting 30 plus homeruns. Bryant is also an expert fielder looking flawless when he plays at the hot corner. He also has tremendous speed to compliment his hitting abilities.
11.) Buster Posey– C San Francisco Giants
The 3 time World Series Champion is coming off another impressive season. Posey is a captain behind the plate, managing the Giants pitching staff for 6 years now. Posey has been a staple in the giants lineup with a career slash line of .310 /.371/.484. Posey is coming off a season where he won his 3rd Silver Slugger award where he hit for an impressive .318 average.