2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: How many more consistently good seasons do we need to see from Riley before he’s regarded for how good he really is? He’s posted an fWAR of 4.8 or better each year dating back to 2021 while hitting at least 33 HR, scoring at least 90 R, and driving in at least 93 a year. That success not only comes from the lineup around him but also his better-than-league-average exit velocity, launch angle, and HR/FB rates. The other thing all three of those years have in common was Riley playing at least 159 games in all of them.
2024 Outlook: Does it get better for Riley? Well, it could. His birthday of April 2nd means he’ll turn 27 right around Opening Day and thus have him entering his peak years. Riley should be able to match or improve on his slash line and counting stats with him hitting between 35-40 home runs, 200 combined R and RBI with a healthy average. The only thing that keeps him from being ahead of Jose Ramirez and Gunnar Henderson is the lack of more than a handful of steals.