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Jose Abreu and the 15 Most Feared Hitters in MLB Right Now

Top 15 Scariest Hitters in Baseball Right Now

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Baseball today is filled with scary hitters. What qualifies as a scary hitter, you ask? A guy that can walk up to the plate and instantly strike fear in the pitcher who then has to struggle through the at-bat and try to keep the batter off the bases and inside the park.

Jose Abreu is the perfect example of a scary hitter. Who are the other scariest hitters in baseball at the moment?

Honorable Mention: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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Honorable Mention: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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Victor Martinez is playing out of his mind this season. Everyone is scared to pitch to Cabrera because he's the best hitter in the league, but Victor Martinez is starting to draw some serious attention -- even at age 35.

2014 Stats: .336 AVG, 9 HR, 23 RBI, .387 OBP

15. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

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15. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Carlos Gomez is cocky at times, but he gets the job done. He's got tremendous power and his athleticism isn't something to forget, either.

2014 Stats: .290 AVG, 9 HR, 21 RBI, .369 OBP

14. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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14. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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Freddie Freeman is one of the best young hitters in the league and he got paid as such this offseason. He has been playing great so far in 2014.

2014 Stats: .307 AVG, 7 HR, 24 RBI, .379 OBP

13. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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13. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

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Charlie Blackmon definitely put his name on the map this season with his solid play. He's becoming one of the league's better unknown stars.

2014 Stats: .333 AVG, 9 HR, 29 RBI, .366 OBP

12. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

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12. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

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If you see David Ortiz walking up to the plate, you know you're in for a battle. The big slugger has the potential to knock the ball out of the park every time he steps in the batter's box.

2014 Stats: .287 AVG, 9 HR, 23 RBI, .384 OBP

11. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

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11. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

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Nelson Cruz had been one of the better home run hitters in the league before getting suspended for using performance-enhancing substances. The Orioles took a risk and picked him up and now it's paying off big time.

2014 Stats: .276 AVG, 11 HR, 33 RBI, .344 OBP

10. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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10. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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If Mike Trout is on your team, you're probably a very happy fan. As the best young player in baseball today, it's a pretty big honor to be on the list of scariest hitters at the moment. If it weren't for his early-season struggles, he'd be much higher.

2014 Stats: .269 AVG, 7 HR, 24 RBI, .356 OBP

9. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

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9. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

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Melky Cabrera, like Nelson Cruz, was suspended for using banned substances and people didn't think too much of him after he returned. Well, there are many American League pitchers who are now believers in his power and he leads the majors in hits.

2014 Stats: .327 AVG, 6 HR, 17 RBI, .363 OBP

8. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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8. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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Albert Pujols is probably the best hitter in the past decade and not many people would be able to argue that. He's a home run threat every time up and no one wants to face this guy as he just passed the 500 home run mark for his career.

2014 Stats: .264 AVG, 10 HR, 26 RBI, .330 OBP

7. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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7. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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Fans have to love going to games in Toronto because every game has a possibility of seeing a Jose Bautista home run. The guy has been a monster in the power game for years and the 2014 season has been no different.

2014 Stats: .297 AVG, 10 HR, 28 RBI, .431 OBP

6. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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6. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Burting onto the scene in 2013 was a big-time story for MLB. Many believed, however, that he might be just a one-season wonder, but he has turned into one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball as 2014 has come with consistency.

2014 Stats: .326 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, .417 OBP

5. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

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5. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

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The reigning MVP has to be on the scariest hitters in baseball list, right? Well, right now, McCutchen is hitting as good as anyone in the league -- and his power numbers will come. I bet you couldn't name one pitcher who would like to face this guy.

2014 Stats: .312 AVG, 4 HR, 19 RBI, .428 OBP

4. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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4. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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Another reigning MVP, Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball today, hands down. However, as of current scary hitters in 2014, the slugger has been a bit sluggish for his standards. He has gotten hot as of late and is back to his old self.

2014 Stats: .295 AVG, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .338 OBP

3. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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3. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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Stanton would be my pick for MVP right now if I had a vote, but the season is still very, very young. As one of the youngest guys on this list, Stanton will likely draw a ton of trade interest come the deadline because of his dangerous lumber.

2014 Stats: .312 AVG, 11 HR, 42 RBI, .398 OBP

2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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Troy Tulowitzki leads the league in batting average and he's the scariest hitter on the best offensive team in baseball. If he steps up to the plate against your team, there's about a 50 percent chance he gets on base. Flat-out scary.

2014 Stats: .391 AVG, 11 HR, 33 RBI, .497 OBP

1. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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1. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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Yes, the star and inspiration of this list is No. 1. Jose Abreu knocked his 15th home run of the season out of the park today, making him just the eighth rookie to do so before his 50th game. Some of the other guys to do so? Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun. Yeah, very impressive company.

2014 Stats: .271 AVG, 15 HR, 41 RBI, .320 OBP

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