Offense might be declining in baseball across the board, but there are still some premier hitters in the majors right now. As people get ready for fantasy baseball money leagues, it is important to identify who the best are out there.
For three years, Trout has shown that he might be the best overall player in the game. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t even reached his prime. Trout will be looking to take another step forward this year, but it will be hard to build off of a MVP season. Maybe if he can have additional team success, people will think even more of him individually.
The Miami Marlins are certainly banking on Stanton to be one of the best players in the game for the next few years after giving him a huge contract. He was able to show that he can hit for average last year, and people in fantasy baseball money leagues are hoping that continues. If he can do that, people know his power is always going to be there.
The Arizona Cardinals have not exactly been outstanding the last few years, so it is easy to overlook Goldschmidt as a player. However, few guys in the majors are as consistent as he is. This is a guy who has been able to hit for power and average despite not having a lot of protection around him. There were some injury issues in 2014, but he will enter spring training in 2015 at 100%.
He might not be quite as dynamic as Trout, but many view him as the 2nd best overall outfielder in the game. He is not going to blow people away with any one individual statistic, but he contributes across the board. His hitting should be at an all-time high now that he is right in the middle of his prime.
Compared to everyone else on this list, Bautista is pretty ancient at 34 years old. He is someone who will be looking to stay healthy enough to put up numbers similar to a year ago. He can hit for outstanding power, and he is much more disciplined compared to early on in his career. Toronto should be good, and he will be right in the middle of their lineup.
A lot of people look at the statistics for Cabrera in 2014 and see a significant drop-off. He only hit 25 home runs while hitting .313, but he was able to still drive in 109 RBI thanks to his increase in doubles. He might not be as dominant as he was in the middle of his career, but the 31-year-old is just a few years removed from winning the Triple Crown. There are people coming up who will challenge him, but for now Cabrera is still a top 5 hitter overall in the game.
~ Matt Stevens