Bold Predictions for the 2015 MLB Season

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Bold predictions can be a lot of fun. Here are the things our magic 8-ball (and our gut) are telling us that you’re going to see in the upcoming 2015 season.

  • Giancarlo Stanton becomes the first player since Chris Davis in 2013, and first National League player since Prince Fielder in 2007 to hit 50 home runs. The face-guard goes nowhere for the rest of his career. He finishes as the #1 overall player in fantasy baseball.
  • Yasmani Tomas is an absolute unmitigated disaster for the DBacks.
  • The Chicago Cubs make the playoffs as a Wildcard at least, and across town the White Sox win the AL Central.
  • Brandon Belt ends up with very Freddie Freeman-like numbers.
  • Toronto’s Dalton Pompey ends up as their lead-off hitter and puts up somewhat ridiculous fantasy numbers for a guy who was a relative unknown until well, he’s still an unknown.
  • Evan Gattis hits 35 home runs.
  • Anthony Rizzo finishes second in NL MVP voting with 41 home runs, just behind the guy in the headline photo of this article.
  • Travis d’Arnaud finishes the season as a top five fantasy catcher.
  • Josh Harrison (sadly) comes crashing back down to earth with pedestrian numbers.
  • Yasiel Puig has about as many strange incidences and injuries as he had last season, but hits 30 points lower.
  • Jose Abreu hits 39 home runs, drives in 110 and checks in with a .270 average to win the AL MVP.
  • Jay Bruce is traded at the deadline, and the Reds talk to possible Aroldis Chapman suitors shortly after hosting the 2015 All-Star Game.
  • Joey Votto supplies an average over .290, leads baseball in walks and on-base percentage, but tallies less than 20 home runs and less than 90 RBI.
  • Mike Trout sees some other numbers slip, but crosses the 30 steals plateau again.
  • The Angels miss the playoffs.
  • King Felix starts a home playoff game in Seattle.
  • Starling Marte comes close to a 20-HR, 50 stolen base season.
  • None of Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia, or Justin Verlander have bounce-back seasons.
  • Chris Carter leads the American League with 41 home runs, and his average doesn’t hurt fantasy owners as bad as it once did.
  • Joe Mauer is an ordinary Joe. He hits .280, 7 HR, with 41 RBI. Without catcher eligibility in most leagues, he spends late 2015 on the waiver wire in 90% of leagues.
  • Eric Hosmer shows surprising power for the first time in his career.
  • Oswaldo Arcia hits between 25 and 32 home runs.
  • Danny Salazar out-produces Corey Kluber.
  • Bryce Harper hits 30 home runs exactly, .285 and steals 15. Nationals win a playoff series, and maybe more.
  • Marcus Stroman is a top-10 AL Starting Pitcher in fantasy.
  • Didi Gregorius hits more home runs than he has at any level in his professional career, majors or minors.
  • Dee Gordon flops as the Marlins lead-off hitter and is hitting eighth in the order by season’s end.
  • Avasail Garcia hits 25 home runs.
  • George Springer is overshadowed by the aforementioned Gattis and Carter.
  • Carlos Correa is in the big leagues by the end of the season.

That’s all we have for right now – until the crystal ball shows us more. And some of these may not seem all that bold. But we’re giving you a look into the eyes of the Cobra before the 2015 season gets underway … And these things come at a premium.

Clint Evans - Lead MLB Writer - @LegionReportMLB - Evans.LegionReport@Gmail.com - DiamondHoggers@Gmail.com - www.DiamondHoggers.com

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