Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
The argument can be made for a couple of different players on the Cardinals roster. Tyler O’Neil seems to make a lot of sense as he has had a few problems in the field that were well documented. But I think that Matt Carpenter makes a lot of sense being a DH. Bro’Neil needs to be active in the game to keep his focus, he has shown he is not great coming off of the bench as a pinch hitter, while Carpenter is a type of player that can focus on film while the team is in the field. Tommy Edman has shown he can play a great hot corner.
Nicholas Castellanos, Cincinnati Reds
Castellanos is not a great defender anywhere on the field. He was a terrible third baseman and a subpar corner outfielder. Great American Small Park should hide some defensive inefficiencies but he is still not a great option in the field. With the addition of 6-time gold glove winner in the Pacific League Shogo Akiyama controlling center along with youngster Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker and Aristedes Aquino the Reds have more than a couple great options in the outfield.
Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
Kyle Schwarber is the type of player that the DH is built for. A great power bat that has never had an exact spot in the field to play. With Albert Almora, Jason Heyward, Ian Happ and the addition of Steven Souza the Cubbies have enough options to handle the outfield and allow Schwarber to just mash.
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
The addition of Avisail Garcia brought up a lot of questions about what was next for former MVP Ryan Braun. The Brewers had talked about moving Braun over to first base but another addition Justin Smoak makes that an unlikely option. Braun still brings impact to the lineup and can be protected from injury by just having a few at-bats per game.
Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Bell became one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball, surprisingly Bell has ranked as one of the worst defensive players in all of baseball. His -31 DRS (fangraphs) was the worst in the league by a first baseman. With Jose Osuna on the bench the Pirates can have a better defensive first baseman that can actually bring more power to the lineup.
Howie Kendrick, Washington Nationals
Washinton has a litany of veteran players in the infield and they are set on giving prospect Carter Kieboom the job replacing Anthony Rendon. Kendrick has shown his ability to hit and he has to find a way in the lineup. DH seems like it was made for Kendrick.
Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves
The former gold glove winner has seen a consistent decline in his defensive ability due to injuries and just extremely questionable decisions. The Braves needed to replace the Josh Donaldson pop in the lineup and keeping Ozuna healthy could be as easy as keeping him out of left field. Austin Riley, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis can round out an outfield centered around mega-star Ronald Acuna Jr.
Jesus Aguilar, Miami Marlins
It seems like Jesus Aguilar’s breakout season of 2018 was actually a lifetime ago. Aguilar couldn’t replicate his success during the 2019 season but he still brings the power that belongs in a lineup. The Marlins picked up Aguilar in the offseason, he immediately becomes a threat in the Miami offense. The Marlins actually have a solid option at first base in Garrett Cooper. Cooper can handle the defense of first base while Aguilar slots in at the DH spot.
Neil Walker, Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies loaded up with veterans in the offseason. Neil Walker will enter the season in a utility bench spot but would make a lot of sense as the DH. Walker brings a OBP of .344 which would put him right at the top of the Phillies lineup. The return of Andrew McCutchen will help with a serious problem Philadelphia has. They were one of the worst teams in the league at getting on base. Putting Walker in the lineup provides the RBI chances for the big bats as well as a switch hitter for late inning matchup problems.
Dominic Smith, New York Mets
Long time prospect Dominic Smith found himself overtaken as the future first baseman of the Mets by Pete Alonso. Smith is still an impact bat that just needed consistent plate appearances. Smith transitioned to the outfield where he did not excel defensively. With a healthy Michael Conforto along with Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis and Jake Marisnick the outfield is too stacked for Smith to find a spot. Smith can hit and he should be given a chance as a full time DH.
Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
Injuries have completely derailed the production of Jake Lamb. With no set spot in the field because of Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker, DH should be a great spot for Jake Lamb.
Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies
Colorado has to find a way to get consistent at bats for prospect Sam Hilliard. Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl and Ramail Tapia currently man the massive outfield in Colorado. Putting Hilliard in the DH role gives him a chance to in the majors with consistent at-bats. The Rockies had a lot of options with Daniel Murphy, Ian Desmond and Garret Hampson, but Hilliard needs to find a spot in the lineup.
Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are going to play the matchup game as they always do, so naming one guy as the potential DH is trivial but I would go with Joc Pederson. Pederson has shown his ability to play the corners as well as first base. With the addition of Mookie Betts, the Dodgers now have two solid defenders in the outfield. Betts, Bellinger and former gold glove winner AJ Pollock would give the Dodgers their best defensive outfield. Max Muncy is a better defender at first base so Pederson in the DH role makes the most sense.
Josh Naylor, San Diego Padres
Josh Naylor mashed in triple-A slugging .573. He has legit power that can be put right into the middle of the Padre lineup. Naylor will have to find his way onto the roster. Franchy Cordero, Will Myers and Juan Lagares are all candidates to take outfield spots from Naylor entering the season. Despite the competition Naylor brings the most potential power and that is a need in San Diego to protect Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer.
Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
Hunter Pence had a resurgence in 2019 with the Texas Rangers. Injuries cut his season short, ending what was going to be a great comeback season. He had a WRC+ of 128 along with a .910 OPS he became a great story about a career renaissance.
The Giants have a set outfield with Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson and Billy Hamilton. Pence would be able to get consistent at-bats as the DH and not have to man the large and interesting San Francisco outfield.