2013 MLB 1st Quarter Report: Top 10 Hitters In League So Far
Top 10 Hitters in MLB So Far
MLB is full of great hitters, and although we are just a quarter way through the 2013 season, there are still clear leaders in the offensive game.
Some of the guys that I will name on this list are usual candidates while others are newcomers. Some play for contenders and some play for struggling teams. A couple of teams even have more than one player on the top-10 hitters in the league thus far list.
Baseball is America's pastime, and these guys are a few of the many reasons why baseball is growing in popularity and remaining one of the most beloved games in the world.
There have been many great hitters so far in the young 2013 season. Miguel Cabrera is making a strong run at a possible second straight Triple Crown achievement. Manny Machado is making people forget Bryce Harper's name -- if that's even possible. Paul Goldschmidt has come out of nowhere to be one of the best, if not the best, hitter in the National League to date.
Joe Mauer is having yet another Mauer-esque season for the Minnesota Twins, hitting about .350 with a .431 on base percentage. If you need a guy that is almost a lock to get on base, Mauer is your guy.
This has been one exciting season so far with lots of story lines and breaking news to follow all year long. A lot of guys on new teams that are struggling like the Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton. A few guys on new teams that are on fire like Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves.
This list is full of great hitters all the way from No. 10 to No. 1. Take a look at who topped the list — it may surprise you.
10. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in last place by a modest six games in the NL West, they still have some good hitters. Their lineup should be feared by many, but scoring the second-least amount of runs in baseball is not going to win anyone games. Adrian Gonzalez has been one of very few bright spots for the Dodgers and has made a huge improvement from a year ago. He's hitting .349 with four homers and 27 RBIs.
9. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado is one of the league's top young players. The second-year third basemen is hitting a solid .343 with five home runs with 24 RBIs. The 20-year-old is the league' seventh best hitter in terms of batting average and could get even better in coming years. Don't forget this name -- actually, you won't be able to.
8. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan Braun was many fantasy owners' first choice in this year's fantasy draft. He is easily one of the league's best hitters year after year, so his presence on the list should surprise no one. The former MVP is hitting .316 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs for the slumping Milwaukee Brewers.
7. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki could easily be this season's comeback player of the year so far. He missed more than half of the season in 2012 due to injury, and has been phenomenal so far in 2013. The Colorado Rockies are just three games out of first place in the NL West and Tulowitzki's .319 average with eight home runs and 32 RBIs is a good reason for their success.
6. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis joins Machado and Adam Jones as the Baltimore Orioles young trio of talent. The Orioles have bred young talent in the past few seasons, and the fifth-year vet is another reason why they have been so successful lately. Davis is a power hitter that can hit for average and get on base. He is hitting .311 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs, close to the league lead in homers and ribbies.
5. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gomez is the Milwaukee Brewers' best young hitter right now outside of maybe Jean Segura. However, Gomez has been solid in all aspects of the game. He can hit for average, hit for power and he can even steal bases. Gomez is hitting .355 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. The Brewers will need his production to increase a bit if they want to contend.
4. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt may very well be my NL MVP right now. The 25-year-old phenom is another player on the list of top young players in the league and could very well be the best player in the NL as we speak. He is hitting .322 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a second-place standing in the NL West.
3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria is another guy that you wouldn't be surprised to see on this list. However, after the injury-riddled season that he suffered through last season, it is a bit surprising that he is doing so well this early. Longoria may not even be the best hitter on his own team right now, but he is definitely exceeding his 2013 expectations thus far, hitting .327 with nine homers and 26 RBIs.
2. James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays
One spot ahead of his teammate Longoria, James Loney sees himself at a bit of an unfamiliar spot. He is leading the major leagues in batting average with .367, and his three homers and 20 RBIs are not too bad either. He has turned into the best offseason acquisition of any for the 2013 season for the Tampa Bay Rays.
1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
A familiar name atop the list, Miguel Cabrera is easily the league's best hitter right now. Although he is second instead of first in batting average in the MLB at .366, he is just one point behind the leader. He also has eight home runs and a whopping 41 RBIs. This guy may just win another Triple Crown in 2013.