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1. Miguel Cabrera 3B Detroit Tigers- .392avg. 14hr 55rbi (Through 43 games) Wow! Someone get this guy a higher league to play in. Cabby is on another planet offensively, and might be the best ever before it’s all said and done. 2. Ryan Braun OF Milwaukee Brewers- .323avg. 9hr 30rbi Braun combines power and speed better than anyone in the league. He’s the complete package at the plate and just keeps getting better. 3. Mike Trout OF Los Angeles Angels- .299avg. 10hr. 35rbi. The Trout versus Cabrera comparisons are a joke. The Trout versus Braun for second best hitter battle is actually a legitimate fight. 4. Robinson Cano 2B New York Yankees- .289avg. 13hr. 33rbi. Cano changed his agent to the rapper Jay-Z this offseason. He’ll be looking for a big enough contract to match his game, he’s the best second baseman in baseball. 5. Evan Longoria 3B Tampa Bay Rays- .335avg. 9hr. 29rbi. Longoria is healthy and swinging the bat better than ever. He could easily be third on this list. 6. Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds- .358avg. 7hr. 22rbi. Votto’s game seems to get better every year. He consistently bats over .320 and is slowly starting to gain more power. Now, he just needs to stay healthy for a full season. 7. Prince Fielder 1B Detroit Tigers- .273avg. 9hr. 39rbi. Prince has plenty of protection hitting behind Cabrera, but he was amazing before he came to Detroit. His average went up last year as he adjusted to his new, larger ball park. 8. Adam Jones OF Baltimore Orioles- .316avg. 7hr. 31rbi. Jones has really come into his own these last two seasons. He hits for average, power, and has speed on the base paths. Jones is the definition of a five-tool player. 9. Carlos Gonzalez OF Colorado Rockies- .302avg. 11hr. 29rbi. CarGo may benefit from hitting in tiny Coors Field, but that doesn’t diminish the type of player he is. Gonzalez, like Jones, is a five-tool player that can beat a team any number of ways. 10. David Wright 3B New York Mets- .298avg. 6hr. 28rbi. Wright plays in New York, but isn’t really talked about that much. He just goes about his business and tries to help the woeful Mets turn the corner. Wright also has nine stolen bases this year. 11. Andrew McCutchen OF Pittsburgh Pirates- .285avg. 6hr. 25rbi. McCutchen enjoyed a breakout season last year and is on his way to repeating that. He has a very long swing for a speedy player, but he makes it work. 12. Adrian Beltre 3B Texas Rangers- .280avg. 10hr. 29rbi. Beltre quietly had his best season statistically last year and is beginning to heat up after a slow April. He’s the kind of player you want on your team, just don’t touch his head. 13. Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies- .338avg. 9hr. 38rbi. Tulowitzki missed most of last year with an injury, but is off to a torrid pace in 2013. If Tulo can stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be one of the best shortstops to ever play the game. 14. Chris Davis 1B Baltimore Orioles- .327avg. 15hr. 44rbi. Davis had a breakout season last year and is proving it wasn’t a fluke by posting gaudy numbers to start 2013, bested only by You Know Who. 15. Dustin Pedroia 2B Boston Red Sox- .332avg. 2hr. 22rbi. Pedroia isn’t intimidating when he walks up to the plate, but he often makes it to first or further. His timely hits have been a staple for the Red Sox and will continue to be for years to come. 16. Paul Goldschmidt 1B Arizona Diamondbacks- .316avg. 12hr. 36rbi. Goldschmidt is easily the most underrated player in baseball, as he just continues to get it done. His stats across the board are Hall of Fame worthy… if he can keep going. 17. Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins- .337avg. 2hr. 13rbi. Mauer is the model of consistency for a big league hitter. He won’t blow anyone away with his power, but his hitting IQ is off the charts, which is why he’s a .320+ career hitter. 18. Matt Holliday OF St. Louis Cardinals- .270avg. 6hr. 28rbi. Holliday is off to a bit of a slow start on 2013, but he’s still a tremendous hitter. He can be penciled in to hit 30+ home runs and bat over .300 every year. 19. Justin Upton OF Atlanta Braves- .273avg. 14hr. 28rbi. The Upton brothers met up in Atlanta this offseason and no one got off to a hotter start than Justin hitting 12 home runs in April. The same can’t be said for B.J. unfortunately. 20. Jose Bautista OF Toronto Blue Jays- .270avg. 11hr. 27rbi. Bautista burst onto the scene in 2010 hitting 54 home runs and has remained one of the best power hitters in the game since then. 21. Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants- .302avg. 6hr. 28rbi. Last year’s NL MVP is quietly putting together another nice season. Posey is one of the best catchers in the league and continues to get better. 22. Bryce Harper OF Washington Nationals- .288avg. 12hr. 23rbi. I don’t always agree with all of his antics (he definitely knows when a camera’s on him), but I do recognize his immense and growing talent. 23. Pablo Sandoval 3B San Francisco Giants- .306avg. 8hr. 34rbi. Panda has carried over his dominant hitting from last year’s World Series into the 2013 season. Sandoval’s biggest downfall has always been injuries. If he can stay healthy, he could be in for a monster year. 24. Adrian Gonzalez OF Los Angeles Dodgers- .309avg. 4hr. 30rbi. Gonzalez has admitted he had to change his swing, which has resulted in a decrease in power, but he’s still a smart, crafty hitter who can hit it to all sides of the field. 25. Giancarlo Stanton OF Miami Marlins- .227avg. 3hr. 9rbi. Stanton has missed most of this season due to a hamstring injury, but even before that he was struggling on a Marlins team that traded away everyone but him. Next 10: 26. Alex Rios OF Chicago White Sox 27. Albert Pujols 1B Los Angeles Angels 28. Brandon Phillips 2B Cincinnati Reds 29. Carlos Beltran OF St. Louis Cardinals 30. Hanley Ramirez 3B Los Angeles Dodgers 31. Yadier Molina C St. Louis Cardinals 32. Alex Gordon OF Kansas City Royals 33. Jose Altuve 2B Houston Astros 34. Billy Butler 1B Kansas City Royals 35. Yoenis Cespedes OF Oakland Athletics Three to watch for: 1. Jurickson Profar 2B/SS Texas Rangers 2. B.J. Upton OF Atlanta Braves 3. Injured Yankees (Granderson, Texeira, Jeter, A-Rod, Youkilis)
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