Complete 2015 Projections

ESPN's projections are the product of an analysis of a player's past performance, growth or regression potential and expected playing opportunity. While the overall ranking is based in large part on the player's projected performance, it also takes into account risk factors such as age, injury history and past statistical fluidity, the players' ceiling (upside), as well as positional and categorical scarcity.

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
1. Melky Cabrera, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics56881167343676.301.351.458.808
2015 Projections52676136044647.298.352.441.793
2015 Outlook: Cabrera was one of a handful of impressive offseason acquisitions by the White Sox, and, fortunately for fantasy owners, he goes from one great hitting environment (Rogers Centre) to another in U.S. Cellular Field. A plus-plus hit tool is Cabrera's meal ticket in both real life and fantasy. He has hit better than .300 in three of his past four seasons, and last year's .301 average was good for fifth among qualified hitters. Though he missed the final 22 games of the season with a broken pinky finger, he finished with 16 home runs and six steals. Similar counting stats should be present in the switch-hitter's age-30 season. Cabrera should also be a good source of runs, as he will play almost every day, likely hitting second in Chicago's lineup, right ahead of Jose Abreu.
2. Adam Eaton, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics48676135438315.300.362.401.763
2015 Projections54290437539220.271.345.380.725
2015 Outlook: Leadoff hitters on teams with productive middle-of-the-order bats are typically good values on draft day, and Eaton figures to be no different. He missed 35 games with a variety of minor maladies but still managed to score 76 runs in 538 plate appearances. There are some concerns about Eaton's ability to stay healthy for a full season due to his aggressive style of play, but there is no denying his qualifications as a leadoff hitter when healthy. He offers virtually no power, but he hit .300 with a .362 OBP and 15 steals last season. The average was aided by good fortune on balls in play (.359 BABIP), but even if he hits .280 for a full season, he could approach 100 runs and 20 steals. Eaton, who turned 26 this offseason, is basically a finished product, but he has the ability to be a three-category contributor for years to come.
3. Avisail Garcia, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics1721972914444.244.305.413.718
2015 Projections435551454241058.267.312.407.719
2015 Outlook: At 6-4, 240 pounds and just 23 years old until June, Garcia has a lot of projection left in his game, specifically in the power department. He has never hit double-digit homers in a season, but he has also never topped 260 plate appearances in parts of three seasons. Garcia missed 70 percent of the 2014 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-April but still managed seven home runs and four steals in just 190 plate appearances. A career .272 hitter, Garcia should be able to improve upon the unlucky .244 average (.285 BABIP) he put up last season. Going into the spring, he appears to have a good shot at holding the every-day right-field job on the South Side, and if he can just stay healthy, a 20/10 season could be within reach, with the potential for even more power down the road.
4. Emilio Bonifacio, CWS 2B, OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics39447324268526.259.305.345.650
2015 Projections43252325339631.241.296.317.613
2015 Outlook: Bonifacio was one of the hottest hitters in baseball last April, slashing .337/.385/.406 with 10 steals in 24 games with the Cubs. His blistering start quickly became an afterthought, however, as he hit .214 with two steals in May before an oblique injury suffered in June sidelined him for more than a month. Chicago traded Bonifacio to Atlanta at the deadline, and he served in a utility role as a part-timer in the Braves' lineup. The soon-to-be 30-year-old still has plenty of speed, however, and he'll look to reclaim a starting role with the White Sox this spring after inking a one-year deal with the South Siders in January.
5. Dayan Viciedo, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics523652158321220.231.281.405.686
2015 Projections2322792714520.246.292.414.706
2015 Outlook: After a season in which Viciedo got on base at a .281 clip and offered subpar defense, the White Sox decided to move on from him as a potential everyday player. The offseason acquisition of Melky Cabrera effectively cost Viciedo his spot on the 40-man roster, and his future with the club is uncertain. In almost 1,800 big-league plate appearances, Viciedo has shown significant right-handed power and almost nothing else. If he were to land in a regular role on another club, Viciedo would need to be considered in most formats due to his home run and RBI potential. However, he is a .254 career hitter, and at 5-foot-11, 240 pounds, he is not a threat on the basepaths. This is a two-category player all the way, and if Viciedo leaves the advantageous home confines of U.S. Cellular Field for a more pitcher-friendly environment, his value would dip even further.
6. Tony Campana, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics7510050164.187.197.227.424
2015 Projections598044134.237.286.288.574
7. J.B. Shuck, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics11012293122.145.168.209.377
2015 Projections51605451.255.304.333.637
8. Michael Taylor, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics28300590.250.364.286.649
2015 Projections25414371.280.367.480.847
9. Dewayne Wise, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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10. Stefan Gartrell, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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11. Jared Mitchell, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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2015 Projections274134111.185.313.333.646
12. Brandon Short, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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13. Trayce Thompson, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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14. Denis Phipps, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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15. Blake Tekotte, CWS OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
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