3. Max Scherzer
Current 2016 stats: 12-6, 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 156.2 IP, 107 H, 38 BB, 198 K
Projected: 18-9, 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 232.2 IP, 159 H, 56 BB, 294 K
When you sign someone to a seven-year/$210 million deal, disappointment usually comes about in some way, shape, or form. It is simply too much money to put firm expectations on.
In an extremely unusual case, Max Scherzer has been worth every penny. Well, maybe because he is a straight monster.
A threat to toss a no-no every time he toes the rubber, watching the 32-year-old on his game is a sight to see. This year, opponents have almost been ensured a long day at the office when they go up against him.
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His game log this year includes an absolutely brilliant performance against Detroit on May 11 in which he fanned 20 Tigers, tying a big league record held by Kerry Wood and Roger Clemens.
Leading baseball in strikeouts (198), Scherzer has arguably the best put-away stuff in the game. Additionally, with his absolutely exceptional hits to innings comparison, he ranks second in the league in WHIP (0.93).