Complete 2015 Projections

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PROJECTED 2015 SEASON STATS
31. Alexi Amarista, SD OF, 2B, 3B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics42339540296912.239.286.314.600
2015 Projections40341539266310.246.290.335.625
2015 Outlook: Defensive versatility is Amarista's calling card. While this allows for him to be fantasy-eligible at a number of positions, he still profiles as a well-below-average hitter. In 2014 he played 73 games at shortstop, 26 games in the outfield, 22 games at third base, and 21 games at second base. That versatility may be unmatched, but he slashed just .239/.286/.314 in 466 at-bats, so he has basically no offensive upside. After the Padres addressed holes at third base and the outfield during the offseason, Amarista looks poised to play almost exclusively at shortstop in 2015. He will split time with Clint Barmes, likely sitting when a lefty is on the mound, as he has just a .218 career average against southpaws. Amarista's 12 steals from 2014 represent the one area where he can be of some use in deeper rotisserie leagues.
32. Jung Ho Kang, Pit SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics----------------------
2015 Projections25937102824559.255.331.440.771
2015 Outlook: Kang is poised to become the first position player to make the move from South Korea's professional baseball league (KBO) to MLB after the Pirates signed him via the international posting system. Over nine seasons in the KBO, Kang hit .298/.383/.504, and his final season with the Nexen Heroes featured career highs in batting average (.356), OBP (.459), SLG (.739), home runs (40), RBIs (117), and runs (103). Previously, Kang had shown a more balanced power-and-speed skill set, hitting at least 20 home runs and stealing at least 15 bases in each of the previous two seasons. Despite the overwhelming success in 2014, there are questions as to whether Kang's bat will translate against big-league pitching. Turning 28 in April, Kang doesn't have any future projection remaining, and he'll compete for an opportunity to displace Jordy Mercer as the Pirates' starting shortstop during spring training. The Pirates signed him to a four-year, $11 million contract in January, so an Opening Day roster spot is hardly guaranteed if it's determined that he needs time in the upper levels of the minor leagues, but Kang may also be used as a backup at third base, shortstop and second base if his glove proves to be as versatile as advertised. 
33. Jace Peterson, Atl SS, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics533002182.113.161.113.274
2015 Projections2442912326569.230.305.316.621
2015 Outlook: After demonstrating excellent speed and on-base skills throughout his time in the minors, Peterson earned his first call-up to the Padres last April. He never made a serious claim for regular duty, however, even after injuries to Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley created golden opportunities for him to step forward. The 24-year-old looked woefully overmatched in his first exposure to the majors, finishing with a deplorable .113/.161/.133 batting line while whiffing in 18 percent of his 58 plate appearances. That didn't deter the Braves from acquiring Peterson as one of the pieces in December's Justin Upton trade, and after a standout spring, he now looks poised to open the season as the everyday second baseman for his new club. If Peterson can rediscover the strong contact skills he displayed throughout the minors, he could provide some intrigue as an end-game dart in deeper leagues.
34. Jose Iglesias, Det SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics----------------------
2015 Projections47854536267411.251.301.322.623
2015 Outlook: Iglesias' career with the Tigers has gotten off to a less-than-perfect start, as his production dropped off in 2013 following a midseason trade from the Red Sox before being forced out for the entire 2014 season because of stress fractures in both legs. He's expected to be back to 100 percent in time to have a full spring training and figures to have the inside track on the everyday job at shortstop if he's healthy. Despite a drop across the board in his numbers after being traded to Detroit, Iglesias still put together an impressive campaign in his only full season, slashing .303/.349/.386 with an OPS of .735 in 2013. The 25-year-old's main strong suit is his impressive glove work at short, but if he can put together similar production from the plate, he should be a valuable contributor.
35. Josh Rutledge, LAA SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics3094443320832.269.323.405.728
2015 Projections45158740261099.251.301.366.667
2015 Outlook: Many players are affected by offseason trades, but none more so than Rutledge projects to be in 2015. For the past few seasons, Rutledge has hit an empty .287 while playing in Coors Field and a very empty .230 in all other parks. The Rockies traded him to the Angels, who play in a mostly neutral park that will not afford Rutledge an expansive outfield that turns what would normally be fly-ball outs into hits. There's very little chance Rutledge has any fantasy value with the Angels, and he's likely to find it hard to play as much as he did in Colorado. Perhaps he could net some steals in part-time play, but that's about the extent of his value.
36. Francisco Lindor, Cle SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics----------------------
2015 Projections34645636286817.249.304.341.645
2015 Outlook: Dynasty owners and prospect junkies have been raving about Lindor ever since Cleveland picked him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. The slick-fielding shortstop is highly regarded for his defense, but for fantasy purposes, his hitting and speed combination projects well for an above-average shortstop in his prime. With only 180 plate appearances at Triple-A, Lindor will start 2015 in Columbus, but he's definitely on the cusp of making his MLB debut. Cleveland traded Asdrubal Cabrera at the deadline last year, which left veteran Mike Aviles and Jose Ramirez to hold down the fort until Lindor is ready.
37. Zack Cozart, Cin SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics5064843825797.221.268.300.568
2015 Projections5195984126894.235.277.343.620
2015 Outlook: Known more for his defensive prowess than his offensive contributions, Cozart regressed mightily at the plate for the Reds last season. In 543 plate appearances, he hit a mere .221/.268/.300 with four home runs, 38 RBIs and seven stolen bases. Although the steals were a career high, it was his first full season in which he failed to hit at least 12 home runs, and his on-base percentage was the lowest of his career. Cincinnati is woefully thin at shortstop, so Cozart will likely open 2015 as the starter, despite his shortcomings on offense. Unless your league awards points for defensive statistics, you can let him go undrafted.
38. Wilmer Flores, NYM SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics2592862912311.251.286.378.664
2015 Projections2763584214431.264.299.413.712
2015 Outlook: Flores produced promising numbers in the minor leagues, but he struggled during his first major league stint in 2013, and then did the same over a larger sample size in 2014. He finished 2014 with a .251 batting average, .286 on-base percentage, six home runs and one stolen base over 259 at-bats, though his defense was surprisingly acceptable. There was some thought that Flores wouldn't be able to stick at shortstop, and while that line of thinking still exists, the 23-year-old's bat has become the larger concern. With the Mets failing to make any key infield additions in free agency, Flores likely will enter spring training as the favorite to start at shortstop. He also played 19 games at second base last season after handling 26 games at third base in 2013. There is still some hope that Flores will develop into a decent batting-average hitter, but he's unlikely to provide much in the way of walks, home runs or stolen bases, even if he improves significantly.
39. Yunel Escobar, Wsh SS, 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics4763373943601.258.324.340.664
2015 Projections4944674541623.265.325.352.677
2015 Outlook: Escobar has never been a major fantasy contributor, but at least you know what to expect from the 32-year-old shortstop. He lacks power and speed, but his defensive abilities keep him locked into the lineup at a shallow position, and he offers modest contributions in the runs and RBI categories without draining your batting average. Knee and shoulder injuries limited Escobar to 137 games with the Rays last season, but the expectation is he will be healthy entering spring training. He figures to open the season as the Nationals' starting second baseman, after being traded from Tampa Bay to Oakland and then from Oakland to Washington in January.
40. Adeiny Hechavarria, Mia SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics5365313426867.276.308.356.664
2015 Projections5435124228968.265.300.341.641
2015 Outlook: The Marlins were busy this offseason, upgrading noticeable weaknesses at first base, second base and third base. Did they forget about Hechavarria? Perhaps they are just willing to punt the No. 8 hole in the lineup, knowing he is a cheap option at shortstop who should offer close to league-average defense. Fantasy owners only care about his bat and his speed, however, and he leaves a lot to be desired in both areas. Hechavarria hit .273 in 2014, adding just one home run, seven steals and 26 walks in 574 plate appearances. His .323 BABIP was also well above his .299 career mark, so that average, which accounted for almost all of his value last season, should regress in 2015.
41. Nick Ahmed, Ari SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics709143100.200.233.271.504
2015 Projections2572922216389.245.293.331.624
2015 Outlook: The Diamondbacks acquired Ahmed from the Braves in January 2013 as part of the Justin Upton trade, and he has been a steady riser in the system ever since. Ahmed made the jump to Triple-A as a 24-year-old to begin the 2014 season and hit 324/.390/.431 with 10 stolen bases in his first 79 games with Reno, earning a promotion to the major league roster by late June. He didn't fare well in his first exposure to big league pitching (.504 OPS), but the former second-round pick was able to maintain a similar strikeout rate between levels (12.2 percent at Triple-A, 13.3 percent with Arizona) and was relatively unlucky with a .220 BABIP and 4.2 percent HR/FB during his time in the majors. Heading into spring training, Ahmed's role is uncertain, but he should at least see additional reps early on with Chris Owings (shoulder) expected to be limited, and he'd likely be the top candidate for playing time at short if Owings were to miss regular-season action.
42. Chris Taylor, Sea SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics136160911395.287.347.346.692
2015 Projections28140221257411.253.317.345.663
2015 Outlook: A career .320/.407/.463 hitter in two-and-a-half seasons in the minors, Taylor made his MLB debut last year, displacing the struggling Brad Miller as the Mariners' starting shortstop in late July. He logged 151 plate appearances, hitting .287/.347/.346 as a product of a high .402 BABIP. It was a small sample that also saw him strike out 25.8 percent of the time, leading the scales to tip back in Miller's favor in September. Taylor exhibits better defense than his counterpart, but Miller has more potential with the bat, which obviously is more important in fantasy. It will be interesting to see who emerges as the Opening Day starter between the two in spring training.
43. Eduardo Escobar, Min SS, 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics4335263724931.275.315.406.721
2015 Projections3854763223834.255.299.384.683
2015 Outlook: Escobar beat out Jason Bartlett for the Twins' utility infield job in spring training and replaced the struggling Pedro Florimon at shortstop after batting .357/.367/.429 in April. The switch-hitting Escobar continued his success into May, smacking 13 doubles in the month, but finished the season with a rather modest .275/.315/.406 batting line in 133 games. Never known for his patience at the dish, Escobar drew all of 24 walks in 465 plate appearances (5.2 percent). While he managed a career-best .315 OBP, his numbers were bloated by a .336 BABIP, and his 80.7 percent contact rate was the worst of his four-year career. Defensively, Escobar was a little above average at short (2.1 UZR), and he will compete with Danny Santana for the everyday job this spring. However, even if he wins out, he'll make for a rather unappealing option in mixed leagues given his modest pop and utter lack of speed, even at a premium middle-infield position.
44. Freddy Galvis, Phi SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics119144128301.176.227.319.546
2015 Projections3533783421772.227.271.368.639
2015 Outlook: In the wake of Jimmy Rollins' departure, Galvis should have the opportunity to appear in more than 70 games in 2015 for the first time in his career, and he's in line to be tabbed as the team's starting shortstop on Opening Day. With only three career errors, the 25-year-old plays a strong defensive game, but the problem for potential fantasy owners is his bat. Galvis owns a career slash line of .218/.259/.362 and an OPS of .621. Given further development and more playing time, whether it's getting regular starts or being utilized as the top reserve infielder, those numbers figure to only go up from there, but it's unlikely that there would be a dramatic enough increase to warrant consideration in the majority of fantasy formats.
45. Addison Russell, ChC SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 Statistics----------------------
2015 Projections70103114131.271.320.457.777
2015 Outlook: Russell is one of the top prospects in baseball, but those in single-season leagues would be wise to target a player who is closer to the majors and does not have a logjam at his position on the major league roster. By 2016, Russell could be the Cubs' everyday shortstop, and at that point the excitement surrounding the five-tool phenom will have reached a fever pitch. However, he has just 262 plate appearances under his belt at Double-A, and Starlin Castro remains entrenched as the Cubs' shortstop for the time being. Russell hit 12 home runs with two steals and a .294/.332/.536 slash line in 205 plate appearances in the Southern League after being traded from Oakland midway through the season. An early-season hamstring injury likely contributed to his lack of steals, but he stole 21 bases in 504 plate appearances at High-A in 2013, so he should be able to contribute across the board while he is young and fully healthy. Fellow Cubs prospect Kris Bryant completely dominated Triple-A pitching over 297 plate appearances in 2014 and was not rewarded with a September call-up, so while he may be a fantasy star at shortstop a few years from now, it would be illogical to expect Russell to be pushed aggressively through the minors this season.