MLB’s top 25 players at the start of the 2022 regular season | Launderer’s report
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15. SS Corey Seager, Texas Rangers
Look, $325 million is a lot for a guy with a long injury history and what’s likely a limited future at shortstop. Still, Seager is an undeniable game-changer when healthy. For proof, see his 147 OPS+ and 31 home runs over the past two seasons and his 2020 World Series MVP-winning performance.
14. 3B Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
It’s easier to stay for Guerrero or Devers as the hard-hit baseball king, but Machado is the lone hitter with more than 1,400 hard-hit balls since Statcast arrived in 2015. Since he’s also holding his position pretty well, he’s looking forward to another year as an All-Star contender and MVP.
13. 2B Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers
Semien has been just OK for much of his career, but his 2019 and 2021 seasons make it impossible to ignore his massive upside. All he did both years was play in all 162 games while hitting for power and playing Gold Glove caliber defense. More of that in 2022 would force us to move it closer to No. 1 in 2023.
12. SS Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s apparently Turner’s lot in life that he has to share lineups with hitters who are even bigger stars than he is. But considering he’s hit .330 with 40 homers and 44 stolen bases since the start of 2020, his own excellence certainly becomes harder to deny.
11. 1B Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers
Freeman’s consistency of shooting excellence is quite impressive, as he is the only player to have dominated a 130 OPS+ every year since 2013. And in 2021, he hasn’t fallen as far from his 2020 MVP-winning form as you might think. He has always put up MVP voting numbers despite being one of the less fortunate hitters in the sport.