15. Yoenis Cespedes
OF, New York Mets
- Career Stats: .272/.326/.498, 152 2B, 143 HR, 463 RBI
- Career Accolades: 2x All-Star, 2016 Silver Slugger, 2015 Gold Glove
After a nomadic start to his career, Yoenis Cespedes has found a forever home with the Mets. He was instrumental in turning them into a World Series team in 2015, batting .287/.337/.604 with 17 homers and 44 RBI in only 57 games after coming over from the Tigers. Always blessed with some of the most raw talent in the league, Cespedes has put it all together with the Mets.
Cespedes may be the one player in baseball right now who was made to play in New York City. He did not shrink from the pressure of being acquired to lead a team to the postseason, and seems to love the limelight and pressure that comes with playing in the Big Apple. All the golf courses in the Tri-State Area don’t hurt either. Cespedes is not the best overall player in the league, but he is easily the most fun to watch — on and off the field.
When he is locked in, Cespedes is the best power hitter in baseball. It’s safe to say he is locked in at the plate to start the 2017 season. Cespedes hit six home runs in his first 11 games this year with an OPS well over 1.000. That four-year, $110-million contract is looking pretty good so far.