Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 23 Joey Votto
The era of Major League Baseball where every team has a thunderous first baseman is basically over but the lucky teams have one still. The Cincinnati Reds are one of those lucky teams because they have locked up the services of one of the best in the game; Joey Votto. Some may have doubted Votto after some injury issues in the recent past but he has proven those doubters wrong with yet another great season for the Reds.
For 2013 he had a batting average of .305 with a .435 OBP and a .926 OPS. The on-base percentage of .435 is significantly high for a slugger such as Votto. Part of that is because of his 135 walks during the season which offset a higher strikeout total for the year. His home run and RBI production will keep him from the top vote-getters in the MVP race but his 6.4 WAR suggests he was worth a lot more than a quick look at his impressive numbers might lead on.
Though his error total was a little high, his defense remained solid this season as well with a .990 fielding percentage. When a team faces the Reds, they mark out Votto as the one that they cannot allow to beat them. He’s their best player and one of the best players in the game as suggested by his position on the Rant Sports MLB Top 50. Going forward into the 2014 season, expect Votto to prove once again why he is considered one of the best in the game.