Mirroring the debate atop early drafts between Mookie Betts and Mike Trout , many will also try to decide which first baseman to take first in drafts: Freddie Freeman or Paul Goldschmidt . However, what about Anthony Rizzo ? His four-year streak of at least 30 home runs ended last season, but he still hit 25 along with driving in 101 runs. Only 15 players accomplished both feats last year.

After an early season stint on the disabled list, Rizzo appeared in 153 games accruing 566 at-bats, 74 runs and six stolen bases. He slashed .283/.376/.470 with his first isolated power below 200 (.187) since 2013. Perhaps his back injury sapped his power early on, but, Rizzo did register a hard hit percentage of at least 34% for the third straight season and finished with the lowest swinging strike percentage (6.9%) along with a contact rate of 85.1%, each of which were the best of his career.

For the second straight year, Rizzo surged in the second half. Before the All-Star break last...