Gavin Lux

Julian Edlow presents his top 150 hitters and pitchers for the 2020 MLB season. Included is why he thinks Justin Verlander could be one of the bigger busts of the season, the potential for George Springer to overcome the noise and perform to his talents and a sleeper pick from the Pirates, have been one of the most consistent bats in their lineup that isn’t named Josh Bell.



MLB RANKINGS SPOTLIGHT


1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – OF
2. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1B,OF
3. Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves – OF
4. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers – OF
5. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees – SP
6. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers – OF
7. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies – 3B
8. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets – SP
9. Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels – 3B
10. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies – SS
11. J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox – OF
12. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians – SS
13. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals – OF
14. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals – SS
15. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals – SP
16. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves – 1B
17. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros – 3B,SS
18. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres – SS
19. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees – 2B,SS
20. José Ramírez, Cleveland Indians – 3B
21. Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers – SP
22. Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals – SP
23. Pete Alonso, New York Mets – 1B
24. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies – OF
25. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros – 2B
26. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals – SP
27. Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians – SP

28. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros – SP
Houston’s going to need its offense to overachieve because it lost Cole, and Verlander isn’t going to be the same pitcher. I get we’re talking about the Cy Young winner, but that award should have gone to Cole anyway. Verlander’s going to continue to punch out batters, but his home run rate only became more alarming as the season progressed. He allowed 36 homers in 223 innings pitched, and then eight in just 35 innings in the postseason. I expect regression.

29. Starling Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks – OF
30. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox – 3B
31. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox – SS

32. George Springer, Houston Astros – OF
Look, I don’t approve of what Houston did, but everyone HATES them right now. They might see some regression without banging on trash cans, but Springer, Altuve, Correa etc. were still some of the most talented prospects in baseball, and have the skills to be top players. Like it or not, the Astros are still going to be able to hit this season, and people are going to overlook them.

33. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees – OF
34. Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs – SS
35. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies – OF
36. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves – 2B
37. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres – 3B,SS
38. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals – 2B,OF
39. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – 3B,OF
40. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays – 3B
41. Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros – OF
42. Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals – 1B
43. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs – 1B
44. Eugenio Suárez, Cincinnati Reds – 3B
45. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers – OF
46. José Abreu, Chicago White Sox – 1B
47. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates – 1B
48. Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins – DH
49. Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays – SP
50. Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians – SP
51. Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays – OF
52. Keston Hiura, Milwaukee Brewers – 2B
53. Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals – SS
54. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds – SP
55. DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees – 1B,2B,3B
56. Jonathan Villar, Miami Marlins – 2B,SS
57. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies – SP
58. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees – OF
59. Eloy Jiménez, Chicago White Sox – OF
60. Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks – 2B,SS,OF
61. Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox – SP
62. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – SP
63. Zack Greinke, Houston Astros – SP
64. Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres – SP
65. Patrick Corbin, Washington Nationals – SP
66. J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies – C
67. Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay Rays – SP
68. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays – SS
69. Yoán Moncada, Chicago White Sox – 3B
70. Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1B,2B,3B
71. Eddie Rosario, Minnesota Twins – OF
72. Tommy Pham, San Diego Padres – OF
73. Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals – OF
74. Jeff McNeil, New York Mets – 2B,3B,OF
75. Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds – OF
76. Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics – 1B
77. Victor Robles, Washington Nationals – OF
78. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox – SS
79. Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics – 3B
80. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros – SS
81. Michael Conforto, New York Mets – OF
82. Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays – SP
83. Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs – SP
84. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets – SP
85. Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics – SS
86. Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds – SP
87. José Berríos, Minnesota Twins – SP
88. Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins – 3B
89. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox – OF
90. Mike Moustakas, Cincinnati Reds – 2B,3B
91. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies – 1B
92. Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles – 1B,OF
93. Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees – C
94. Sonny Gray, Cincinnati Reds – SP
95. Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox – OF
96. Yasmani Grandal, Chicago White Sox – C,1B
97. Ramón Laureano, Oakland Athletics – OF
98. Corey Kluber, Texas Rangers – SP
99. Michael Brantley, Houston Astros – OF
100. Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves – OF
101. Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondbacks – SP
102. Zac Gallen, Arizona Diamondbacks – SP
103. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians – 1B
104. Eduardo Escobar, Arizona Diamondbacks – 2B,3B
105. Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians – OF
106. Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros – 1B,3B
107. Mitch Garver, Minnesota Twins – C
108. Luke Voit, New York Yankees – 1B
109. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins – 1B, 3B
110. Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays – 1B, 2B
111. Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels – OF
112. Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins – OF
113. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers – 3B
114. David Price, Los Angeles Dodgers – SP
115. Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins – SS
116. Edwin Encarnación, Chicago White Sox – 1B
117. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals – SS
118. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs – OF
119. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels – DH, SP
120. Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves – SP
121. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays – SP
122. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians – SP,RP
123. Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres – SP
124. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs – C
125. Frankie Montas, Oakland Athletics – SP
126. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers – SS
127. David Dahl, Colorado Rockies – OF
128. Danny Santana, Texas Rangers – 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
129. Franmil Reyes, Cleveland Indians – OF
130. Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates – OF

131. Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh Pirates – 2B,SS
Newman was one of the lone bright spots for the Pirates last season. While he didn’t dominate any particular statistical categories, he was extremely solid across the board. In 2019, Newman played in 130 games, hitting .308 with 12 homers and 64 RBI. Expect him to be a much more consistent staple in Pittsburgh’s lineup this upcoming season.

132. Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals – OF
133. Daniel Murphy, Colorado Rockies – 1B
134. Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies – SS
135. Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2B
136. Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers – SP
137. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks – SP
138. Max Fried, Atlanta Braves – SP
139. James Paxton, New York Yankees – SP
140. Yasiel Puig – OF
141. Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies – SP
142. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers – SS
143. Will Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers – C
144. Cavan Biggio, Toronto Blue Jays – 2B,OF
145. Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston Red Sox – SP
146. Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers – OF
147. Andrew Heaney, Los Angeles Angels- SP
148. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Toronto Blue Jays – 2B, OF
149. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers – 2B
150. Gio Urshela, New York Yankees – 3B


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