1) Jose Bautista – Blue Jays
One of most feared hitters in Major League Baseball today, Bautista is a great hitter because of his quick wrists and brilliant eye. Bautista has some of the quickest wrists in baseball, which allows him to turn on any fastball and hit it out of the park. During the three previous seasons, Bautista hit 124 HR, while maintaining a solid .270 average. Jose has hit 124 HR over the last three seasons, although he missed half of last year with a serious wrist injury. Bautista is on pace to have another great season, .256/ 19 HR/ 49 RBI/ 55 runs. Jose Bautista is a solid fielder as well. Although he does not have any hardware to show for his efforts, Jose as one of the best arms in baseball, able to throw out any runner trying to advance. Bautista is currently third in baseball among outfielders with 7 assists.
2) Giancarlo Stanton – Marlins
If one was to ask a baseball fan who had the most power in MLB, over 90 percent of those people would answer with Giancarlo Stanton. Since completing his first full season in 2011, Stanton has hit 79 HR and 195 RBI. This season Stanton has struggled because of injuries and a lack of protection in the lineup. Similar to Cano, Stanton is not seeing the same pitches he saw the previous years because teams will not let him beat them. Besides Stanton, the Marlins have no other hitters that can intimidate a pitcher. Giancarlo feels that he must carry the entire lineup, which can put a lot of pressure on a young player, like Stanton. However, Stanton will find a way to turn it around because of his power and skill. Stanton, like Bautista, is not a great fielder, but has a great arm. Stanton can throw out any runner who is willing to test his arm.
3) Carlos Beltran – Cardinals
Although Beltran is on the wrong side of 30, Beltran is still producing great stats. After a renaissance last year where he hit 32 HR and knocked in 97 RBI, Beltran is having another great season for the second place Cardinals. Beltran is on pace to top his numbers from last season, .308/19 HR/50 RBI/44 Runs. Beltran is going to be a borderline Hall of Famer because of his great success in the postseason and his solid career numbers. The seven time All Star should be invited to Citi Field for the mid season classic because of his great start. Although Beltran does not have the speed that made him a 3 time Gold Glover at center field, Beltran still can cover a lot land in right, while maintaining his solid arm.
Future Star: Yasiel Puig – Dodgers
One month ago, the future star would have been Rays super prospect Wil Meyers. However, “Puigmania” has hit MLB by storm propelling him to stardom. Puig plays the game with the same amount of intensity as Bryce Harper, which many people thought could not be duplicated. Puig has played only 26 games and many people, including myself, feel that Puig should be playing in the All-Star game this July. Puig is hitting an amazing .436/7 HR/16 RBI/19 Runs/4 SB. The stats that jumps out to me the most is his WAR. Even though Puig has played less than a third of the Dodgers’ games, he is 46th in baseball in WAR and 16th among outfielders, ahead of Braun, Ortiz, Beltran, and Harper. Puig is a thrilling defensive player. In only a month of baseball, Puig has gunned down numerous amounts of greedy runners and run into walls in order to catch fly outs. Puig will definitely win a Gold Glove during his career because if his speed, arm, and intensity.
Stats from Baseballreference.com and pics from ESPN.com