Since being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, Adrian Gonzalez has been a steady force in the heart of their lineup. While Gonzalez saw a drop in his batting average last season, he managed to pull himself out of a month-long slump to give the Dodgers a left-handed complement to what Matt Kemp provided on the right side of the plate.
Gonzalez led the Los Angeles Dodgers in home runs (27) and RBIs (116), and perhaps in somewhat of an upset, won the Silver Slugger Award at first base, ahead of Anthony Rizzo among others. The Shredder ranked Gonzalez the ninth-best first baseman right now, which Carlos Peña took issue with:
This blew my mind when I saw he was No. 9. He’s just awesome, I want him higher, definitely want him higher. He’s one of these guys that plays every single day. Do you really think that he’s going through the season without hurting? No, he plays hurt. He puts on a sleeve, puts some heat on his back, whatever it is that he needs to do to play. He’s out there producing for his team. That’s something that you don’t find in every single player. That’s something The Shredder cannot and will not be able to find out.”
Gonzalez’s 2014 highlights include a four-game home run streak, which tied a career high and he also put together a 16-game hitting streak. He finished with a 3.9 WAR, which was good for fifth-best among qualified first baseman.
The Shredder ranked Gonzalez No. 4 in 2014, No. 3 in 2013 and 2012. Along with Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig have finished in the top 10 for starting pitchers and center fielders, respectively.
Complete 2015 rankings below:
|The Shredder||Carlos Peña||Brian Kenny|
|1st||Miguel Cabrera||Miguel Cabrera||Paul Goldschmidt|
|2nd||Paul Goldschmidt||Paul Goldschmidt||Miguel Cabrera|
|3rd||Jose Abreu||Jose Abreu||Jose Abreu|
|4th||Joey Votto||Edwin Encarnacion||Joey Votto|
|5th||Freddie Freeman||Adrian Gonzalez||Anthony Rizzo|
|6th||Edwin Encarnacion||Albert Pujols||Freddie Freeman|
|7th||Anthony Rizzo||Justin Morneau||Adrian Gonzalez|
|8th||Mike Napoli||Joey Votto||Edwin Encarnacion|
|9th||Adrian Gonzalez||Freddie Freeman||Carlos Santana|
|10th||Carlos Santana||Anthony Rizzo||Prince Fielder|