Anthony Rendon
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends NL-Only Third Base Rankings.
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1. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon hit .287 with 111 runs, 21 home runs, 83 RBI and 17 stolen bases last year. His main position is third base, but he played 28 games last year at second base to give Rendon positional eligibility and additional flexibility.
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2. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit .273 with 88 runs, 28 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He has averaged 22.3 home runs over the past three seasons.
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3. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Nolan Arenado hit .287 with 58 runs, 18 home runs, 61 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Already a two-time Gold Glove winner, look for him to take a step forward offensively.
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4.  David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright hit .269 last year with 54 runs, eight home runs, 63 RBI and eight stolen bases in 134 games. Staying healthy has been an issue the past few seasons, but when he is Wright is a five category contributor.
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5. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Bryant will start off in the minors so the Cubs can push his clock back, but he should be up mashing in a few weeks. Bryant hit 43 home runs in 138 games combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year.
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6. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman was limited to 61 games last year, but he gained outfield eligibility. From 2006-2013 he averaged 22.4 home runs and 83.3 RBI.
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7. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. In 2014 he hit .315 with 77 runs, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
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8. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter hit .272 with 99 runs, eight home runs, 59 RBI and five stolen bases. He hit .318 with 126 runs in 2013.
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9. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Aramis Ramirez hit .285 last year with 15 home runs and 66 RBI. He has averaged 20 home runs over the past six seasons.
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10. Martin Prado, Miami Marlins
Martin Prado has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. Over the past five seasons he hit .287 while averaging 75.8 runs, 12.8 home runs, 66.6 RBI and 6.4 stolen bases
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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Third Base Rankings.
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1. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson has averaged 91 runs, 26.5 home runs, 95.5 RBI and 6.5 stolen bases over the past two years. Those numbers were attained while playing in Oakland. Look for his power numbers to increase in Toronto. His .268 lifetime batting average keeps him just out of the top spot.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre hit .324 last year with 79 runs, 19 home runs, 77 RBI and one stolen base. He’ll turn 36 in April, which makes him a little riskier than the top three choices. At what point does age catch up with him.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria hit .253 with 83 runs, 22 home runs, 91 RBI and five stolen bases. In seven years he has averaged 79.1 runs, 26.3 home runs, 90.7 RBI and six stolen bases while hitting .271.
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4. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Kyle Seager hit .268 with 71 runs, 25 home runs, 96 RBI and seven stolen bases. Over the past three years he hit .262 while averaging 70.7 runs, 22.3 home runs, 83.7 RBI and 9.7 stolen bases.
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5. Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox
Pablo Sandoval hit .279 with 68 runs, 19 home runs and 73 RBI. The move to Fenway Park should pay dividends for the Kung Fu Panda.
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6. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana played 26 games at third base last year giving him positional eligibility (along with first base). He hit .231 last year with 68 runs, 27 home runs, 85 RBI and five stolen bases. You’ll have to live with the .248 lifetime batting average, but he has averaged 23 home runs and 78.5 RBI over the past four seasons.
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7. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis hit .196 in 2014, but still finished with 26 home runs and 72 RBI. He has averaged 37.3 home runs and 98.3 RBI over the past three seasons.
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8. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado hit .278 with 38 runs, 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 82 games last year. He hit .283 with 88 runs, 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 2013.
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9. Chase Headley, New York Yankees
Chase Headley hit .262 with 28 runs, six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games with the Yankees.
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10. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts had 60 runs, 12 home runs and 46 RBI last year. He also has shortstop eligibility.
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Anthony Rendon
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends NL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon hit .287 with 111 runs, 21 home runs, 83 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His main position is third base, but he played 28 games last year at second base to give Rendon positional eligibility and additional flexibility.
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2. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Dee Gordon played a full season for the first time in his career and responded by hitting .289 with 92 runs, two home runs, 34 RBI and a league-high 64 stolen bases. He goes to Miami where he’ll look to repeat as the stolen base champion.
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3. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
Kolten Wong hit just .249 with 52 runs, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 113 games. His BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was just .275. Given his speed, his luck should improve, which will boost his batting average and counting stats.
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4. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Neil Walker hit .271 last year with 74 runs, 23 home runs, 76 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. He has averaged 66.2 runs, 15.4 home runs and 69.4 RBI over the past five years while hitting .274.
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5. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers
Over the past six years Howie Kendrick hit .288 while averaging 68.5 runs, 11 home runs, 65.8 RBI and 12.2 stolen bases.
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6. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy has hit .289 over the past five seasons while averaging 68.4 runs, 9.2 home runs, 62.4 RBI and 1 stolen bases.
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7. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. In 2014 he hit .315 with 77 runs, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
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8. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Health is the key for Utley. He has averaged 73.5 runs, 14.5 home runs and nine stolen bases. He’s worth the risk.
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9. Martin Prado, Miami Marlins
Martin Prado has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. Over the past five seasons he hit .287 while averaging 75.8 runs, 12.8 home runs, 66.6 RBI and 6.4 stolen bases.
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10. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips was routinely a top tier second baseman since 2006 before turning in a .266-44-8-51-2 line. He will turn 34 this summer, but is a decent bet to bounce back given his track record.
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Robinson Cano Seattle
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano hit .314 with 77 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and 10 stolen bases in his first year with the Seattle Mariners. His power took a hit, but he is a .310 lifetime hitter that has averaged 87.6 runs, 21.8 home runs and 90.4 RBI.
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2. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve hit .341 with 85 runs, seven home runs, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He has averaged 41.3 stolen bases over the past three years. Altuve is a great option for your batting average, runs and stolen bases categories.
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3. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler hit .275 with 100 runs, 17 home runs, 92 RBI and 15 stolen bases in his first year with the Detroit Tigers. Over the past eight years he averaged 97.9 runs, 19.9 home runs, 72 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Kinsler played in a career-high 161 games last year.
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4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier hit .242 with 112 runs, 23 home runs, 71 RBI and 21 stolen bases. This after posting a .244-72-18-66-14 line. His batting average will sting a little, but he helps out in the four categories.
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5. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis struggled to the tune of a .240-61-6-41-22 line. In 2012 and 2013 he averaged 86 runs, 15.5 home runs, 71.5 RBI and 30.5 stolen bases.
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6. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia took a step back last year hitting .278 with 72 runs, seven home runs, 53 RBI and six stolen bases. Over the past eight seasons he averaged 89.8 runs, 13 home runs, 67.4 RBI and 15.6 stolen bases while hitting .301. Look for Pedroia to bounce back.
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7. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s
Ben Zobrist is Mr. Utility. He is eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield. Zobrist hit .272 with 83 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2014. Over the past six years he averaged 85.8 runs, 16.5 home runs, 75.7 RBI and 15.8 stolen bases.
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8. Brett Lawrie, Oakland A’s
Brett Lawrie has second base and third base eligibility. He has yet to tap into his potential as injuries have limited him to 100.7 games over the past three seasons. Lawrie has averaged 11.3 home runs and 44 RBI during that stretch, which extrapolates to 18.2 home runs and 70.8 RBI. If he can stay healthy, maybe Lawrie will finally deliver on his promise.
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9. Asdrubal Cabrera, Tampa Bay Rays
Asdrubal Cabrera has second base and shortstop eligibility. Since 2011 he has averaged 74.3 runs, 17.3 home runs, 71.3 RBI and 11.3 stolen bases.
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10. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
Rougned Odor hit .259 with 39 runs, nine home runs, 48 RBI and four stolen bases in 114 games as a rookie. Look for improvement in year two.
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Paul Goldschmidt
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt followed up his .302-103-36-125-15 season by hitting .300 with 75 runs, 19 home runs, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases in just 109 games. In a full season that projects to a .300-111-28-103-13 line. He’s a five category stud.
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2. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman hit .288 with 93 runs, 18 home runs, 78 RBI and three stolen bases. In the past three years he averaged 91 runs, 21.3 home runs and 93.7 RBI. He’s a solid four-category option.
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3. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo hit .286 last year with 89 runs, 32 home runs 78 RBI and five stolen bases. He has 70 home runs in his past 387 games, which works out to 29.3 home runs per 162 games.
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4. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez hit .276 last year with 83 runs, 27 home runs, 116 RBI and a stolen base. Over the past nine years he averaged 28.3 home runs and 104.7 RBI.
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5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was limited to 62 games last year, but is a .310 lifetime hitter. From 2008-2013 he averaged 25.5 home runs and 85.5 RBI.
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6. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit .273 with 88 runs, 28 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He has averaged 22.3 home runs over the past three seasons. Frazier also has third base eligibility.
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7.  Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Trumbo hit just .235 in 2014, but he hit 14 home runs with 68 RBI in 362 at bats. He averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI from 2011-13. You’ll have to live with Trumbo’s .247 career average. He also has outfielder eligibility.
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8. Lucas Duda, New York Mets
Lucas Duda hit .253 in 2014 with 74 runs, 30 home runs and 92 RBI. He averaged 15 home runs in 2012 and 2013 in 359.5 at bats.
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9.  Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Adams hit .288 in 2014 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI. He has averaged 16 home runs the past two seasons in 411.5 at bats.
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10. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
Justin Morneau hit .319 in 2014 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He is still a solid source for power.
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Miguel Cabrera Tigers
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends First Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera had a down year by his standards, but he still managed to hit .313 with 101 runs, 25 home runs, 109 RBI and one stolen base. He’s a solid bet to lead all first basemen in most offensive categories.
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2. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Jose Abreu took Major League Baseball by storm by hitting .317 with 80 runs, 36 home runs, 107 RBI and three stolen bases. Abreu could easily lead all first basemen in home runs.
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3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion has averaged 86 runs, 37.3 home runs and 104 RBI over the past three seasons. He’s a great bet for power, but as a .265 career hitter he could hurt you in the batting average category.
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4. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols hit .272 with 89 runs, 28 home runs, 105 RBI and five stolen bases as he returned to form. He’s not the same slugger that he once was, but he’s still a dangerous option.
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5. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
A neck injury cost Prince Fielder the majority of the 2014 season, but he’s a guy that averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI from 2006-2013. He’s risky, but you know what he can bring to the table from a power perspective. Fielder is also a .285 lifetime hitter.
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6. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez turned in the finest season of his career in 2014 despite being 35. He set career highs by hitting .335 with 32 home runs. Martinez scored 87 run and knocked in 103 RBI. It was the first time that V-Mart topped 25 home runs. V-Mart has first base eligibility as well, which helps his value.
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7. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis hit .196 in 2014, but still finished with 26 home runs and 72 RBI. He has averaged 37.3 home runs and 98.3 RBI over the past three seasons.
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8. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana played 26 games at third base last year giving him positional eligibility (along with first base). He hit .231 last year with 68 runs, 27 home runs, 85 RBI and five stolen bases. You’ll have to live with the .248 lifetime batting average, but he has averaged 23 home runs and 78.5 RBI over the past four seasons.
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9. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
Chris Carter will do some damage to your batting average. He hit .227 in 2014 to raise his career batting average to .222. Carter smacked 37 home runs and posted 88 RBI. His two-year averages for 2013 and 2014 are 33 home runs and 85 RBI. If you can offset Carter’s average, you’ll appreciate his power.
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10. Adam LaRoche, Chicago White Sox
Adam LaRoche hit .259 in 2014 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. In the past 10 seasons he has averaged 23 home runs and 79.3 RBI.
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MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
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Here’s the first look at the 2015 Lester’s Legends Closer Rankings.
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1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
Craig Kimbrel turned in another outstanding season in 2014 by compiling 47 saves, a 1.61 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. His average season over the past four years consists of 46.3 saves, a 1.51 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.
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2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
In 2014 Aroldis Chapman topped 100 strikeouts for the third straight season. He recorded 36 saves, 106 strikeouts, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP despite missing the. Over the past three seasons Chapman has averaged 37.3 saves, 113.3 strikeouts, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.
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3. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Greg Holland collected 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 62.1 innings in 2014. In 2013 he had 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings.
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4. Dellin Betances, New York Yankees
Dellin Betances went 5-0 in 2014 with a save, a 1.40 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP and 135 strikeouts in 90 innings. His inning total (and subsequently his strikeout totals) are likely to dip, but he should be among the leaders in strikeouts among relief pitchers.
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5. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
David Robertson recorded 39 saves, a 3.08 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP with 96 strikeouts in 64.1 innings as he replaced Mariano Rivera. Robertson has 524 strikeouts in 393.1 career innings.
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6. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Koji Uehara posted 26 saves in 2014 with a 2.52 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. He had 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings in 2013.
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7. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
Cody Allen collected 24 saves in 2014 with a 2.07 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. Allen struck out 88 in 70.1 innings in 2013 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
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8. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates
Mark Melancon saved 33 games in 2014 with a 1.90 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 71 innings. In 2013 he had 16 saves, a 1.39 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 71 innings.

9. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
Trevor Rosenthal saved 45 games in 2014 while sporting a 3.20 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. He had 108 strikeouts in 75.1 innings in 2013.
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10. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners
Fernando Rodney led the Majors in saves in 2014 with 48 while sporting a 2.85 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 66.1 innings. He’s not a sexy choice, but he has averaged 44.3 saves the past three seasons.
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