Ten Best Players to Build around in Baseball for the Next 7 Years

Ten best MLB players to build around for the next 7 years

8/8/13 in MLB   |   pbartlett21   |   16 respect

10. Chris Davis 1B Orioles
At 27, Davis is having a breakout year this year (although he had 33 HRs last year), hitting .302 with an MLB-best 40 HRs and is also leading the majors in RBI with 103. Davis has bounced between the minors and majors for most of his career until he came to Baltimore from Texas. This year Davis was the starting 1st baseman for the AL in the All-Star Game and lead the MLB with the most votes. He has been perhaps the second-best player in the league this year behind Miguel Cabrera.

Jul 30, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a single in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports9. Miguel Cabrera 3B Tigers
The best player in baseball is the best hitter since Albert Pujols in St. Louis and Cabrera may be better the only reason he's not higher is because he's 30 and has been hurt in the last two weeks. He won the triple crown last year and this year he is first in the league with a .361 batting average, second in home runs with 32 and second in RBI with 100. It will be hard for him to repeat but he should get the batting average crown and he he may pass Davis in RBI -- he's only two behind him. However, he has been out lately and is healthy again but getting 8 more home runs then Davis will be hurt now that Davis seems back from the slump he had after the All Star Break when Miggy was hurt. He was the starting third baseman in the All Star game.

8. Patrick Corbin SP Diamondbacks
The 24-year-old lefthander from New York has been the D-Backs ace this year he's 12-3 with a 2.33 ERA and 129 Ks to 38 BBs and a 1.02 WHIP he was an All Star this year but Clayton Kershaw and Matt Harvey have been talked about more and they have been slightly better but they are in bigger markets with Kershaw in LA and Harvey in New York but Corbin is the same age as both them and is helping a contender. His ranks in the MLB are 3d in ERA 7th in WHIP and tied for 9th in wins.

Aug 2, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports7. Jose Fernandez SP Marlins
The 21-year-old rookie righthander from Cuba was an all star this year where he pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts Fernandez has an 8-5 record on the worst team in the NL. His ERA of 2.54 is good for 8th in the league his WHIP of 1.01 is 6th in the majors he also has 138 Ks to 43 BBs. He has gotten a little more attention since the All Star Break because of his performance in the game.

6. Matt Harvey SP Mets
The 24-year-old righty is in his 2nd year after a couple of good starts last year after getting called up at the end of the year last year and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He was the starting pitcher for the NL in the All Star game this year and is 2nd in ERA this year with a 2.21 he is 8-3 for a bad Mets team his 172 strikeouts are good for 2nd in the league and his 0.88 WHIP is tied for 1st in the majors. Harvey has been a Cy Young candidate this year and at 24 looks like he has.

5. Bryce Harper LF Nationals
Harper won NL rookie of the year last year and is a former number 1 overall pick he is 20 and was the starting left fielder for the NL in the All Star but missed some games this year because of a knee injury he is batting .271 with 17 HRs and 38 RBIs his ceiling is very high and he is only 20 and already has 2 All Star Game selections.

Jul 21, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports4. Clayton Kershaw SP Dodgers
The 25 year old has been in the league since '08 but is only a year older then Harvey he is the best pitcher in the league right now and would have most likely been the starting pitcher in the All Star game if it wasn't at City Field. He is first in ERA with a 1.91 he is 10-7 for a first place team is tied for 5th in strikeouts with 166 has 37 BBs is tied for 3d in Shutouts with 2 and is tied for 2nd in complete games with 3 and is tied for first in WHIP with a 0.88. is a Cy Young winner and may win it again this year.

3. Yasiel Puig Outfielder Dodgers
The 22 year old Cuban outfielder has only played 55 games but has been one of the most exciting players in the league since he was called up. His outfield arm is amazing and he can play any part of the outfield you put him in. At the plate he is batting .373 with 11 HRs 25 RBIs has a .427 OBP and a .594 SLG it is a small sample size but since the call up has been the most talked about player in the league since.

Aug 7, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) slides safely into third base during the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Machado would score on a throwing error during the play. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports2. Manny Machado 3B Orioles
Machado is having an amazing year he's batting .295 with 10 HRs 53 RBIs 65 runs has 142 hits witch is tied for 2nd in the league and has 40 doubles. Along with that he is one of the best defensive players in the league reminding people of Brooks Robinson at third base he helped propel the Orioles to the playoffs last year with his defense after having Davis, Wilson Betemit, and Mark Reynolds playing third last year. Machado is only 21 and was a shortstop in the minors and high school but moved to third because J.J Hardy is at short and he has been outstanding at third.

1. Mike Trout Outfielder Angels
Trout won AL rookie of the year last year with a .326 average 30 HRs 83 RBIs 129 runs a .399 OBP 49 SBs 5 CS 182 hits and a WAR of 10. Anytime somebody else wins a triple crown and you are considered a real candidate for MVP you had a really good year and he hasn't slowed down the 22 year old is batting .331 with 19 HRs 68 RBIs 79 runs and 24 SBs 143 hits 8 triples a .424 OBP and 32 doubles his average is 3d in the league behind Cabrera and Chris Johnson and is first in hits.

If you could choose anyone in the league to build a team around, which player(s) would you pick?
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8/8/13   |   pbartlett21   |   16 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Not a bad list, but I have some quibbles.

-I love Chris Davis, but he's not a top 10 guy to build around. He's already 27, just now is having his first good season, is way too strikeout prone, and provides limited defensive value.
-Patrick Corbin's year isn't supported by anything that came before, and is helped by a low BABIP. He's not close to a top 10 guy.
-Giancarlo Stanton needs to be on this list.
-That's too high for Puig. I'm still not sure he's top 10 yet.

Taking a quick stab at it:

1. Trout
2. Machado
3. Kershaw
4. Harper
5. McCutchen
6. Stanton
7. Harvey
8. Longoria
9. Posey (since it's only a 7 year exercise and not 10, if it's 5 put him #5)
10. King Felix

Others I considered: Votto, Puig, Fernandez, CarGo, Profar, Taveras

Good idea. I wish I had thought of it.

he hit 33 HRs last year

8/8/13   |   pbartlett21   |   16 respect

Dan_B wrote:
If CarGo can stay healthy I think he is a very good pick. 

But CarGo never does stay healthy

8/8/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Not a bad list, but I have some quibbles.

-I love Chris Davis, but he's not a top 10 guy to build around. He's already 27, just now is having his first good season, is way too strikeout prone, and provides limited defensive value.
-Patrick Corbin's year isn't supported by anything that came before, and is helped by a low BABIP. He's not close to a top 10 guy.
-Giancarlo Stanton needs to be on this list.
-That's too high for Puig. I'm still not sure he's top 10 yet.

Taking a quick stab at it:

1. Trout
2. Machado
3. Kershaw
4. Harper
5. McCutchen
6. Stanton
7. Harvey
8. Longoria
9. Posey (since it's only a 7 year exercise and not 10, if it's 5 put him #5)
10. King Felix

Others I considered: Votto, Puig, Fernandez, CarGo, Profar, Taveras

Good idea. I wish I had thought of it.

8/8/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

or your fantasy team next year,,,,

8/8/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

pbartlett21 wrote:
Hes already 30

Yeah, I think he has 7 more good seasons in him. Probably not more than that though.

8/8/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The_Real_Stoney wrote:
I'm biased, but Carlos Gonzalez.

The guy I've been smitten with is Fernandez. Yeah, he had a good showing at the All Star game, but look at the 3 starts he's had since that game.. 3-0, 23IP, 13H, 4ER, 3BB, 35K
 

If CarGo can stay healthy I think he is a very good pick. 

8/8/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24911 respect

I'm biased, but Carlos Gonzalez.

The guy I've been smitten with is Fernandez. Yeah, he had a good showing at the All Star game, but look at the 3 starts he's had since that game.. 3-0, 23IP, 13H, 4ER, 3BB, 35K
 

8/8/13   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

I really like Puig, but I think he's a little high on this list at the moment.

In other news, I have Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw on my fantasy team in my keeper league. I'm quite happy about that.

8/7/13   |   pbartlett21   |   16 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I wouldn't mind Robinson Cano for the next 7 years...

Hes already 30

8/7/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I wouldn't mind Robinson Cano for the next 7 years...