Complete 2016 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 2016 SEASON STATS
16. Logan Forsythe, TB 2B, 1BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics540691768551119.281.359.444.804
2016 Projections553661670551188.257.334.405.739
17. Addison Russell, ChC 2B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics475601354421494.242.307.389.696
2016 Projections537721763421506.248.305.410.715
2016 Outlook: Of all the Cubs' rookies, Russell garnered the least attention. Part of that was by design as the club grew more reliant on his defense at shortstop than counting on offensive production. In fact, Russell hit out of the nine-hole, a favorite Joe Maddon ploy. Unfortunately, the attempt to get a second leadoff man didn't come to fruition as Russell's contact rate fell precipitously, fueling a rather anemic .307 on-base percentage. With nearly a full season under his belt, look for the 22-year-old infielder to cut down on the strikeouts, though not enough to work his way much higher in the order. The element of Russell's game that did not manifest during his rookie campaign was speed. As his confidence grows, so will the running opportunities. Still, so long as Russell is buried in the order, his production, despite sneaky power, will be tempered.
18. Howie Kendrick, LAD 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics4646495427826.295.336.409.746
2016 Projections560751166341039.284.328.404.732
19. Brandon Phillips, Cin 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics588691270276823.294.328.395.723
2016 Projections528591167267010.280.317.386.704
20. Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics38146124238512.291.356.441.797
2016 Projections53760115854716.277.343.397.739
2016 Outlook: 2015 was a rough year for Pedroia owners, as he appeared in just 93 games and became a total non-factor on the basepaths. At 32 years old and in the 11th year of a career that has seen him consistently banged up, it's easy to wonder how long his body will withstand the rigors of playing the game. Pedroia missed 27 games in 2014 before missing 69 in 2015, and he isn't getting any younger. Still, second base is a very weak position in 2016 and Pedroia has hit at least .270 every year since his sophomore season in 2007. Between his consistent contact ability and the surprising power he showed in 2015 -- 12 home runs in the short campaign after failing to reach double-digits in 2013 and 2014 -- he at least provides more upside than the typical fodder at the position.
21. Joe Panik, SF 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics3825983738423.312.378.455.833
2016 Projections5968285251705.287.347.394.741
22. Starlin Castro, NYY SS, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics54752116921915.265.296.375.671
2016 Projections550531161251015.255.292.367.659
23. Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics40557135408619.272.339.348.687
2016 Projections579752475212424.261.323.335.658
24. Devon Travis, Tor 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics2173883518433.304.361.498.859
2016 Projections423691246358010.274.332.428.760
25. Cory Spangenberg, SD 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics3033842128759.271.333.399.733
2016 Projections561636473713322.260.307.369.676
26. Jose Peraza, Cin 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics22301223.182.250.318.568
2016 Projections39348238133730.277.300.349.649
27. Javier Baez, ChC 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics764144241.289.325.408.733
2016 Projections3805017532412515.247.300.432.732
28. Chris Owings, Ari 2B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics515594432614416.227.264.322.587
2016 Projections524616442412817.248.283.349.632
29. Scooter Gennett, Mil 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics3754262912681.264.294.381.675
2016 Projections4845594919844.269.299.399.698
30. Johnny Giavotella, LAA 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2015 Statistics4535144932592.272.318.375.694
2016 Projections4965855136598.262.311.361.672