MLB Prediction: Every Team’s 2014 Home Run Leader
Who Will Lead Each MLB Team in Home Runs?
Let’s face it, chicks dig the long ball. Well, everyone digs the long ball. As the steroid era comes to a close and the age of 60 home runs is likely behind us, let’s take a look at who might be the leading home run hitters for each team.
Last season, Chris Davis burst onto the scene hitting 53 home runs. That was 11 better than Miguel Cabrera’s second best 44 home runs and 17 more than NL leaders Pedro Alvarez and Paul Goldschmidt.
Then there is the return of some sluggers, can they get back to the level when they used to terrorize opposing pitchers? Ryan Braun returns from his suspension, Ryan Howard hopes to stay healthy for the first time in three years, Matt Kemp will attempt to return to his 2011 MVP form and Jose Bautista hopes to play a full season as well.
The past two seasons brought along highly talented prospects Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig; two players who many think could compete for MVP in their respective leagues. While Trout has proved himself as a stud, Puig will have an opportunity to prove he was not a one year fluke. Could we see another prospect turn superstar this year? Very unlikely but who knows?
The 2014 MLB regular season is just around the corner and that means warm weather (for those of us up north), tailgates, dollar dogs, cracker jacks and home runs. Who will lead their team in home runs?
Will it be the ageless David Ortiz in Boston or maybe this is the season Bryce Harper breaks out in Washington? Or maybe these are just clown questions? Stay tuned to find out.
Arizona Diamondbacks- Paul Goldschmidt
This should be a two-horse race between Paul Goldschmidt and newcomer Mark Trumbo. Goldschmidt tied for the NL lead with 36 home runs last season and he should lead the team again.
Atlanta Braves- Freddie Freeman
The Atlanta Braves will field one of the more balanced offensive attacks this season will a good core of young players. Look for Freddie Freeman to hit the most home runs for his squad this season. It will be a close race with Justin Upton but Freddie will pull it out in the end.
Baltimore Orioles- Chris Davis
The Baltimore Orioles are going to hit their fair share of homers this season. Chris Davis dominated last year and baring a major setback, he will lead the team. If he struggles, Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones could give him a run for his money.
Boston Red Sox- David Ortiz
Big Papi led the World Series champion Boston Red Sox with 30 home runs last season and it’s hard to see anyone topping him this season. Unless this is the season Ortiz slows down then he will lead the team. If his age catches up to him then Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks will challenge him for most home runs.
Chicago Cubs- Anthony Rizzo
The Chicago Cubs haven’t had much to cheer about lately but Anthony Rizzo should provide some excitement. Last season he hit 23 home runs and should lead the team again this year.
Chicago White Sox- Adam Dunn
There’s no doubt that Adam Dunn is going to strikeout a lot but he will also enjoy his fair share of leisurely trots around the bases. He hit 34 home runs last season and no one else on the team eclipsed 20.
Cincinnati Reds- Jay Bruce
Few player have consistently hit home runs as Jay Bruce. Over the last three seasons Bruce has hit 32, 34 and 30 home runs respectively.
Cleveland Indians- Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana has been inconsistent at the plate but he hit a career high .268 last season. Look for him to see the ball better and get close to 30 home runs this season while leading the Cleveland Indians in home runs.
Colorado Rockies- Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowizki will go swing for swing with each other for team lead in home runs but in the end Gonzalez should hold a slight advantage for a second year in a row. Last year he hit one more than Tulowizki.
Detroit Tigers- Miguel Cabrera
Miguel Cabrera is currently one of, if not the most feared batters in all of baseball. If it wasn’t for Chris Davis’ surprise 53 home runs, Cabrera would have won back to back triple crowns. As long as he stays healthy, Cabrera will easily lead the Detroit Tigers this season.
Houston Astros- Matt Dominguez
Matt Dominguez hit 21 home runs last season and should lead the youthful Houston Astros during the 2014 season.
Kansas City Royals- Billy Butler
Last season Alex Gordon led the Kansas City Royals in home runs with 20. This year should be DH Billy Butler’s, he was one behind Gordon last year and hit 29 in 2012.
Los Angeles Angels- Mike Trout
Another year older and another offseason stronger. Mike Trout is a MLB superstar and he’s only 22-years-old. Possibly the most talented all-around player in the game, Trout should lead the Los Angeles Angels in home runs unless Albert Pujols has a great comeback season.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig came out of nowhere last season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have many talented players who are capable of huge seasons but Puig has the potential to hit over 30 home runs. Adrian Gonzalez simply hasn’t been the same since he left the San Diego Padres and Hanley Ramirez struggles to stay healthy. There’s always a chance Matt Kemp could have another MVP caliber season but he is still not 100 percent healthy and it’s highly unlikely he will ever hit 39 home runs again in his career.
Miami Marlins- Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton is one of the few bright spots for the Miami Marlins and if he remains with the team he will lead the squad in homers. If he gets traded, Garret Jones should lead the team. Center fielder Marcell Ozuna could be a pleasant surprise in the box for the Marlins.
Milwaukee Brewers- Ryan Braun
Ryan Braun should regain his crown after being suspended for the majority of last season. It is possible he will see a drop off in his numbers and Carlos Gomez could give him a run for his money.
Minnesota Twins- Brian Dozier
The Minnesota Twins do not possess much power and just about anyone could lead the team in home runs. Last season Brian Dozier led the team with 18 home runs so until someone proves otherwise, he’s going to be the leader this year.
New York Mets- Curtis Granderson
David Wright and Curtis Granderson will duel for most home runs for the New York Mets. Both players battled injuries last season but when Granderson is healthy, he is dangerous. Wright will enjoy having a serious threat in the lineup and should have a solid year himself.
New York Yankees- Alfonzo Soriano
The Bronx Bombers have a bit of a lack luster power hitting team this year. With a short porch down the lines Alfonzo Soriano should lead the team but if he struggles Mark Teixeira may give him a run for his money.
Oakland Athletics- Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes is entering his third season in the MLB and this could be the season he breaks out. He will lead the Oakland Athletics in home runs this season and could be among the league leaders.
Philadelphia Phillies- Ryan Howard
The aging Philadelphia Phillies will need to stay healthy this year and if Ryan Howard can stay in the lineup should lead the team this season. Dominic Brown had a great year last season and if it carries over will supply a good punch in the lineup as well.
Pittsburgh Pirates-Pedro Alvarez
Pedro Alvarez has recorded back to back 30 home run seasons and is primed and ready to do it again. Andrew McCutchen continues to get better but it’s hard to see him topping Alvarez.
San Diego Padres- Jedd Gyorko
Jedd Gyorko had a solid first season in the big leagues last season with 23 home runs. Expect that number to move closer to 30 this season as he leads the San Diego Padres during the 2014 season.
San Francisco Giants- Hunter Pence
Hunter Pence really settled in with the San Francisco Giants last season hitting a career high 27 home runs and should lead the team again this season.
Seattle Mariners- Corey Hart
Corey Hart missed all of last season with surgery on both knees. There is no guarantee he will be able to play every game but he will also find time as the DH. Robinson Cano will also hit his share of home runs but without the short porch he enjoyed in New York should see his numbers dip in 2014.
St. Louis Cardinals- Matt Holliday
The St. Louis Cardinals feature an impressive balanced attack that continually leads to success. Matt Holliday will hit close to 30 home runs again this season and should be the team leader.
Tampa Bay Rays- Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria is a beast. He returned healthy last season and hit 32 home runs. Expect the same from him this season and he will lead the Tampa Bay Rays in home runs.
Texas Rangers- Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder is going to benefit from the change of scenery with the Texas Rangers. Everything is bigger in Texas, except for their stadium. Fielder saw his power numbers fall off during his two seasons in Detroit while playing in their large stadium. With a shorter distance to the right field fence, he will duel with Adrian Beltre for the team lead.
Toronto Blue Jays- Edwin Encarnacion
The Toronto Blue Jays possess some serious power this season but Edwin Encarnacion will lead the team in home runs. Jose Bautista has struggled to stay healthy and Encarnacion has hit 78 home runs over the last two seasons.
Washington Nationals- Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper has yet to play a full season but this is the year. He won’t lead the league but he will lead the Washington Nationals in home runs this season. They don’t have a huge bat in their lineup but have a few who will put up 20.