Dan Uggla hit his 31st homerun of the season in the loss to the Cubs yesterday, and now has 96 runs batted in on the year. And with us discussing 2011 rankings, he seems like someone who will be divisive next season. He is hitting .282 with 89 runs scored, 31 home runs, and 96 runs batted in. His BABIP is a bit higher than last season, but not entirely out of the range he has shown in his career. I'm more inclined to believe he's a .270 hitter than a .280 hitter, but his homerun rate is very similar to his career numbers, and should continue to show that power.
1. Robinson Cano
2. Chase Utley
3. Dan Uggla
4. Rickie Weeks
5. Brandon Phillips
6. Ian Kinsler - I just don't trust him to stay healthy. Until he has another season where he does, he'll never be on any of my teams.
7. Dustin Pedroia - I think he's got the potential to be a nice sleeper for next season due to the injury this year.
8. Martin Prado
9. Chone Figgins
10. Aaron Hill - His BABIP is at .202. .202! He should improve his batting average somewhat and continue to hit for some power.
Jordan Walden was mentioned as a potential deep sleeper candidate for saves in a Fanpost this week, and actually got the save last night for the Angels. I think I am inclined to agree that he's going to have a shot at the job next year, and that Fernando Rodney will eventually get the first few chances.
Craig Kimbrel was also mentioned, and also got his first save of the season yesterday. Jonny Venters has been pitching amazingly as well, but I think that it was telling that Venters came in to pitch the 8th inning, and Kimbrel was called on to pitch the 9th. I'd probably put Kimbrel ahead of Venters at this point for 2011.
Jon Lester should be in the discussion for the AL Cy Young, as he recorded his 18th win last night, and now has a 3.06 ERA as well. 212 strikeouts on the season, and probably 2 more starts this season lead me to put him solidly in the top 10.
Daniel Hudson had another great start last night, striking out 6 in 6 1/3 innings and allowing just 1 earned run. I am really interested to see if the league catches up to him at the start of next season, or if this run he has been having is semi legitimate. His FIP sits at 3.17 and xFIP at 3.59, but both of these would still be solid values for a starter.
How do we rank Brett Myers for next season? He had another great start last night, with 7 shutout innings and 5 strikeouts while getting his 13th win. He now has 172 strikeouts and a 2.76 ERA, and while his FIP is slightly higher, it is still very good at 3.36. He probably should be right outside the top 20 for starters next season.