Ranking the top 25 players in the National League East for 2023
5. Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins
Alcantara became the first pitcher in Marlins history to win the Cy Young Award thanks to his incredible 2022 season. He led the majors with 228.2 innings pitched and six complete games. Furthermore, he threw at least seven innings in 22 of his 32 starts, including a stretch of 13 in a row, and at least eight in 14 of them, and had a 2.28 ERA as well. Now with an improved Marlins offense and less exposure to the scary NL East lineups, could he be a 20-game winner this season?
4. Pete Alonso, New York Mets
Alonso transitioned to a more polished slugger last season, and it paid off in big way. He registered his second career 40 home run season and he led the majors with 131 RBI's, setting the Mets' single season mark in the process. He also cut down on his strikeouts and his chase rates over his career, and figures to be a key piece of the Mets' long-term future and will be the Mets' big power source once again in 2023.
3. Ronald Acuna, Jr., Atlanta Braves
Acuna is a dynamic player that is now 18 months removed from a torn ACL injury. But he returned and showed a deadly combo of power and speed that'll figure into a big 2023 season. He has placed balls into orbit in the Venezuelan league this offseason, signaling that a home run outage from 2022 was a blip and not a trend, and figures to be a major problem for opposing pitchers and defenses in 2023.
2. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets
Lindor played like a complete player with the Mets last year and it resembled that of the play that made him a superstar in Cleveland. Lindor has been sure-handed at shortstop and makes everyone else around him better both on offense and defense. Lindor also was big in key spots, as he drove in 107 runs, third most in the NL.
1. Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies
Turner is an absolute gem of a player. Phillies fans will come to adore him over the next decade. He can hit for contact (.302 career hitter), he can run the bases (230 career stolen bases), and will score a lot of runs (3 seasons of 100+ runs scored). He solves some of the issues with the Phillies roster as they now have an impact leadoff hitter, allowing Kyle Schwarber to hit more often with men on base, a true base stealer, and a franchise shortstop, a position that was a revolving door a year ago in Philadelphia.