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Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward
25. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Adrian Gonzalez is one of the household names in baseball.
A solid defender at first base and a lethal hitter from the plate, Gonzalez has many of the qualities that each player hopes to have. Although Gonzalez may be a good hitter, he’s one of the slowest in the game. Luckily, while in Boston, he used the Green Monster so that he wouldn’t have to sprint to get a double.
24. Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics
Josh Reddick had a breakout year in 2012 with the Oakland Athletics, his first full year as an everyday player. Reddick doesn’t hit with a ton of consistency, but last season, he showed that he has power, hitting 32 home runs. Defensively, Reddick is one of the top outfielders in the game. He has the eighth-best outfield arm and is the third-best defensive outfielder, according to FanGraphs. If he had better speed, he’d be higher on this list.
23. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
A couple of down years has taken Hanley Ramirez out of the ridiculous category, but he’s still a pretty good athlete. Ramirez used to be one of the top overall players in the game. He has a career-high batting average of .342 and usually hits over 20 home runs per year. Ramirez has also taken his abilities to the basepaths, stealing at least 20 bags per year for the last seven years. He doesn’t have the best glove, though, no matter where he plays in the field.
22. Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Jason Heyward is one of the rising young stars in baseball and in a couple of years, he could be considered one of the game’s best. He hits with good power, slugging 27 home runs last season, but hits with average consistency, finishing 2012 with a .269 average. Defensively, FanGraphs has him as the second-best outfielder from last year. He doesn’t, however, have the best arm in the game. But he does have great range, which is a part of his above-average speed.
21. Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals
Over the course of Matt Holliday’s nine-year career, he’s been all about consistency. When you put him in the lineup for 162 games, you know exactly what you’re going to get. He’s a career .313 hitter, hitting as high as .340 without ever dropping below .290. He’s hit at least 20 home runs in each of the last seven seasons and will almost always drive in over 100 runs. He’s usually a good defender but absolutely lacks speed on the bases. Even still, he’s been a very valuable player over the years.
20. Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson is on the rise. It seems that he’s finally figured out his swing and he’s going to start producing at All-Star levels in the near future. 2012 was the first year Jackson hit for average, hitting .300, and his power is starting to show as well, hitting 16 home runs last year. He has the potential to steal plenty of bases, swiping at least 20 twice in three seasons, but last year only stole 12. Jackson doesn’t have the strong arm, but he still plays center field very well.
19. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Still establishing himself as one of the top outfielders in baseball, Carlos Gonzalez has had an impressive start to his career. Over the last three seasons, he’s been very consistent from the plate, hitting over .300 in two seasons and falling a few hits shy in the other. He’s got solid power, but his home run total has decreased in each of the last few seasons. Gonzalez has good speed and a strong arm but isn’t the greatest of fielders, as his routes aren’t always the best.