Major League Baseball is entering a very entertaining time. There are dozens of young baseball players that will be future stars and possible hall of famers like Yansiel Puig, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Matt Harvey.
1. Yadier Molina – Cardinals
Currently, Yadier Molina is the favorite for the NL MVP award because of his incredible defense, solid hitting, and leadership. Yadier Molina defense is so good that it overshadows his superb hitting. Yadier Molina is also known for his great ability to handle a pitching staff. Molina is a main reason why the Cardinals have the second best ERA in the league. Yadier has won 5 straight Gold Glove awards. Besides for his great defense, Molina is a solid offense player. For the last three years, Molina has batted over .300. Last year, Molina hit a career high 22 HR and finished fourth in the MVP race. Although Molina is not produce a lot of RBI and HR, he is a clutch player and the leader of the first place Cardinals and a two-time World Champion.
2. Buster Posey – Giants
The current owner of the NL MVP, Buster Posey is a true star in today’s game, but still has a lot of potential. Similar to Molina, Posey does not have to hit a lot to greatly affect his team. He is the leader of the Giants at the young age of 26. The two-time World Series champion has never not won the title when he played a majority of the season. Buster is on pace to match his 2012 stats, 24 HR and 108 RBI, which were good enough to win the MVP last year. Posey is below Molina on the depth charts because he is not able to guide the pitching staff, like Molina.
3. Joe Mauer – Twins
The 2009 MVP has finally returned to his All-Star form after a down year in 2011. Although Mauer will probably never return to his MVP form where he hit 28 HR and batted .365, he can still be a Hall of Fame catcher with a .330 batting average and 15-20 HR. Mauer can blame his own club for the lower home run totals. Target Field is on of the largest stadiums in MLB. The three-time Gold Glove winner will probably return to his Gold Glove form if he does not fully switch to first base or right field. Unlike Posey and Molina, Mauer has not won a significant amount of playoff games, which partially drops him in the rankings.
Prospect on the rise: Salvador Perez
The 23 year old catcher for the Kansas City Royals has a chance to become the best catcher in MLB in a few years. Over the first three years of his career, Perez has a .305 batting average. Scouts expect Perez to improve on his power number, only 3 HR this season, as he continues to mature. Perez is known as a solid defensive catcher, who has the ability to guide a pitching staff. Currently the Royals have the 5th best ERA in the league.