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30.) David Price– SP Boston Red Sox
Price was crucial in the Toronto Blue Jays playoff run last season going 9-1 in 11 starts. The 30 year old left hander earned himself the largest contract in the history of sports earning himself $31 million a year which comes out to $1 million per start. The tall lefthander had the ability to blow hitters away with his fastball while keeping them off balance with his expert control and wipeout slider.
29.) Yoenis Cespedes– OF New York Mets
Cespedes was traded to the Mets last season and was instrumental in their World Series run. The 29 year old, two time homerun derby champion, added power to the weak Mets lineup by hitting 17 home runs in 57 games with the season, totaling 35 home runs on the season.
28.) Robinson Cano– 2B Seattle Mariners
Watching Cano field is truly a beautiful sight. He has the smoothest hands in baseball and one of the strongest arms the game has ever seen. At the plate, Cano is an all around great hitter. He hits for high average, drives runs in and puts the ball out of the park. The 6 time all star, 5 time silver slugger and 2 time gold glove award winner has been wasting away in Seattle on a team that has never lived up to their expectations.
27.) Matt Harvey– SP New York Mets
In New York, Harvey is known as the Dark Knight. After having Tommy John surgery and having to miss the 2014 season, Harvey had a stellar season in 2015. In his 29 starts he put up an impressive 2.71 ERA along with a 1.02 WHIP. Harvey picked it up in the offseason, leading the Mets stacked starting rotation to the World Series.
26.) Max Scherzer– SP Washington Nationals
The former Cy Young award winner is coming off another impressive campaign in 2015. Scherzer pitched 4 complete games, 3 shutouts, 2 of which were no hitters. Scherzer has earned himself an All Star bid in the past 3 seasons while winning 53 games.
25.) AJ Pollok- OF Arizona Diamondbacks
Pollok had a breakout season in 2015 earning himself an All Star game ticket and a Gold Glove. Pollok showed his ability to hit for power as well as average with 20 homeruns with a .315 batting average in 2015. Pollok also stole an impressive 39 bases last season.
24.) Dellin Betances– RP New York Yankees
Once thought of as a failed top prospect, Betances has risen to the scene as one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. Betances is a strikeout machine striking out 278 batters in 181.2 innings in his career. His power fastball blows by hitters while complimenting it with a devastating curveball that MLB hitters have no chance in hitting.
23.) Felix Hernandez– SP Seattle Mariners
King Felix has been a staple in the Mariners pitching staff for many years. The former cy young award winner has some of the best stuff in baseball. He has pin point accuracy with the ability to paint every corner while making hitters miss with his changeup.
22.) Sonny Gray– SP Oakland Athletics
At the young age of 26 years old, Gray has cemented himself among the leagues best. Though he does not dominate hitters by striking them out, he paints the corners and has wicked off speed that constantly keeps hitters off balance. Gray does not walk many batters making them earn their way on base.
21.) Jake Arrieta– SP Chicago Cubs
Arrieta is coming off a historic 2015 season where he won himself a Cy Young award. It is impossible for Arrieta to repeat his performance last season but on the other hand, it was no fluke. Arrieta is finally blossoming to the pitcher that the Baltimore Orioles thought he’d never become. In 2014 he showed that he had potential earning him Cy Young recognition but followed it up with a historic 2015 season.