ESPN's Top 100 MLB Players:
Correa's offseason adventure
makes him one of the most intriguing players to watch in 2023. After all, the Twins were his default third choice. Everyone seems happy with the reunion, however, and the Twins end up getting an elite player at a discount -- as long as the old ankle injury that scared off the Giants and Mets doesn't prove problematic.
It's hard to believe Correa is still just 28 years old. He remains in the prime of his career and shows the value of a player who hits -- and hits for some power, at that -- and plays good defense at a premium position: He has averaged 7.2 bWAR per 162 games in his career. His raw OPS last season was only the fifth highest of his career, but his adjusted OPS was the second highest. He has batted 600 times just twice in his career; if he can do that, he can be a top-20 player.
Correa plays 150 games for the first time since 2016 and sets a career high in home runs -- and
steals his first base since 2019. -- Schoenfield
CF | Minnesota Twins
We all know the story. Over the past four seasons, Buxton has hit .258/.316/.558 while playing Willie Mays defense in center field. He has averaged an incredible 8.3 WAR per 650 plate appearances since 2019 -- except that's more PAs than he had in 2021 and 2022 combined. Of his 28 home runs in 2022, 11 of them went more than 425 feet, including two over 450. The power/defense combo is so impressive that if he could play 130 games, he'd be one of the best players in baseball with top-15 overall potential. But he's now 29 and played 100 games just once in his career. There have been players who had careers ruined or shortened with injuries, but Buxton's career is turning into a weird, one-of-a-kind "what if?"
Yeah, right -- you may as well ask me to make my stock picks for the next 12 months or predict the weather for the first game of the World Series. There's 40-homer power here if he stays healthy, but I wouldn't count on that. -- Schoenfield
SP | Minnesota Twins
It will be interesting to see how a former Marlins pitcher performs knowing he'll have more offense backing him. Lopez should get a boost from playing with the Twins over the offensively-challenged Marlins. He put together a solid season in 2022, but there's room to grow. The biggest step in his game last season was simply making all 32 starts, cementing him as a mid-rotation guy in the big leagues. Righties hit .218 off him last season, fifth lowest in the NL. His cutter is becoming an often-used pitch and his change-up is already really good.
Lopez surpasses 200 innings for the first time in his career while getting over five runs of support per game. -- Rogers
With Opening Day approaching, we rank -- and make predictions for -- the best 100 players in the sport for the upcoming 2023 season.