1.) Jose Reyes (Blue Jays) – Managed to stay healthy last year and swiped 40 bags. He is a solid all around former batting champion. We all know the speed of Reyes and now, we’re going to see how much he really means to the Blue Jays.
2.) Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – Assuming his groin injury is in the past, Tulo will be back dropping bombs on the greater Denver area. The Rockies are filled with young prospects who are all but ready, which means if Tulo looks hurt at all, he’s going to sit.
3.) Starlin Castro (Cubs) – A head case to say the least, but he can sure swing a nice stick. If he gets it together he has the potential to be a 20 HR -30 SB player. Be thrilled that defense doesn’t count in fantasy leagues.
4.) Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers) – Drops on the list from #2 to #4 because of his injury. If this is a precursor for what happens during the regular season there is going to be a lot of frustration from the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike.
5.) Ian Desmond (Nationals) – If he repeats his 2012 he is easily a top three shortstop. However, his career numbers say Desmond’s 2012 was nothing but a fluke. If he can prove doubters wrong, he will be considered one of the elite in the game today.
6.) Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians) – Talks of being shipped out of Cleveland surrounded Cabrera all winter long. He has a good amount of power, but he is prone to strikeout and he is more know for his fielding than his batting.
7.) Elvis Andrus (Rangers) – His numbers were down last year, but Andrus is capable of a of 30 HR and 100 Runs. Hopefully the pressure from Profar propels Andrus to have a career year.
8.) Alicides Escobar (Royals) – .293 avg, 52 RBI, 68 Runs, and 35 SBs are all good numbers for a shortstop, however there is absolutely no power in Mr. Escobar’s bat.
9.) Erick Aybar (Angels) – Aybar has the potential for 30 SBs, but it took him most of the season to bust out of his sophomore slump. He won’t really benefit from Hamilton’s addition because Aybar will most probably bat lower in the lineup.
10.) Derek Jeter (Yankees) – Always great numbers for the Bronx Bombers captain, but the now oft injured Jeter could play a shortened season due to injuries and Eduardo Nunez.
1.) Andrelton Simmons (Braves) – potential ROY, showed some pop in the 49 games he played in last season. The Netherlands sure enjoyed his talents.
2.) Jean Segura (Brewers) – Will start at short for the Brewers this season. They saw enough in him to deal Greinke for him, time for him to come through.
3.) Evereth Cabrera (Padres) – Not the greatest average and no power, but could steal 50 bases which is great for any team.
4.) Zack Cozart (Reds) – Cozart will most probably hit 7th in the Reds potent lineup relieving him of the pressures of hitting leadoff.
5.) Jurickson Profar (Rangers) – Will start the year in AAA, but will be called up well before September. A super-prospect for the Rangers.
1.) Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) – The 34 year old will have a tough time repeating his 2012 season. His best attribute, speed, has greatly decreased.
2.) Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) – 65 runs doesn’t make up for a .287 OBP. Low OBP yields low offense numbers
3.) Rafael Furcal (Cardinals) – Will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery. Even if he comes back, Kozma is ready to start.
4.) Stephen Drew (Red Sox) – A terrible average with no power on a poor team with a new manager…anything else?
5.) Brandon Crawford (Giants) – known for his outstanding defensive play. Struggles hitting the broadside of a barn.