4) Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves)
The 2015 season was a rebuilding year for the Atlanta Braves. The team finished in fourth place with just 67 wins and looked nothing like the club that won the NL East just a couple of years earlier.
Despite Atlanta’s struggles, there were several players who stood out in 2015 for the Braves. Right fielder Nick Markakis was one of them.
While he doesn’t crack the Top-3 on our rankings, Markakis put together a solid season for the Braves in 2015. He batted .296 with 38 doubles and 53 RBIs. He led all NL East right fielders with 181 hits and was one of the brighter spots of the Braves’ lineup.
Markakis, who signed a 4-year, $44 million deal with the Braves last offseason, had one of the best years he’s had since he dominated in Baltimore several years ago. His .296 batting average was the best he’s had since his injury-shortened 2012 season with the Orioles.
If Markakis can put together another solid season in 2016, there’s no doubt that he can climb a spot or two in this ranking next offseason. The Braves aren’t expected to do much in 2016, but Markakis should be able to have another solid campaign at the plate.