MLB: A Look Inside the Best Players on Each Team

With the MLB season a little more than a third of way being finished, who are the best players on each team so far this season?

American League

Baltimore Orioles

The best player on the Baltimore Orioles so far this season is outfielder, Trey Mancini. He has a .298 batting average with 13 home runs and 32 RBI’s. His on-base percentage is .352. It is possible Mancini gets traded at the MLB Trade Deadline for a team that is in the midst of a full rebuild.

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Boston Red Sox

The best player on the Boston Red Sox so far this season is designated hitter/outfielder, J.D. Martinez. Martinez was one of the reasons why they won it all last season. He is currently one of the reasons why Boston has not folded this season. His batting average is .305 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. J.D. Martinez’s on-base percentage is .382.

Chicago White Sox

The best player on the Chicago White Sox so far this season is first baseman, Jose Abreu. His batting average so far this season is .246 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Abreu might be traded at the MLB Trade Deadline as well and Chicago is also rebuilding and they have one of the better farm systems in baseball. His on-base percentage so far this season is .293.

Cleveland Indians

The best player on the Cleveland Indians so far this season is catcher/first baseman, Carlos Santana. This comes as a major surprise because he is 33 years old. Cleveland has struggled to hit the ball this season, but Santana has not. His batting average so far this season is .286 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI’s, along with one stolen bases. Carlos Santana’s on-base percentage is .404.

Detroit Tigers

The best player on the Detroit Tigers so far this season is third baseman/first baseman, Miguel Cabrera. For the most part, he has stayed healthy for most of the 2019 MLB Season. Cabrera will go down as one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball. He is 36 years old and it is amazing what Miguel Cabrera has done. His batting average so far this season is .290 with three home runs and 27 RBI’s. Cabrera’s on-base percentage is .358.

Houston Astros

The best player on the Houston Astros so far this season is either outfielder, George Springer or third baseman, Jose Altuve. With shortstop Carlos Correa and second baseman Jose Altuve out with injury, Springer and Altuve have picked up the slack and they are both playing at an MVP level right now. George Springer’s batting average so far this season is .308 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .389. Alex Bregman‘s batting average so far this season is .273 with 18 home runs and 44 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage is also .392.

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Kansas City Royals

The best player on the Kansas City Royals so far this season is third baseman, Hunter Dozier. He is having a solid season at 27 years old. Dozier has played in 52 games so far this season and his batting average is .314 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Dozier’s on-base percentage is .398.

Los Angeles Angels

The best player on the Los Angeles Angels so far this season is obviously outfielder, Mike Trout. He is one of the best players in the game of baseball. Trout hasn’t been talked about a lot because of how bad his team is. He recently signed a 14-year contract extension with Los Angeles and he is only 26 years old. Mike Trout might regret the contract extension later on his career knowing that he could have gone back home and played for the Philadelphia Phillies. His batting average so far this season is .290 with 18 home runs and 44 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases. Trout’s on-base percentage is .460.

Minnesota Twins

The best player on the Minnesota Twins so far this season is outfielder, Eddie Rosario. He will most likely be an MLB All-Star once again this season and Rosario could very well start in the MLB All-Star Game on July 9 in Cleveland at Progressive Field. His batting average so far this season is .272 with 19 home runs and 52 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Eddie Rosario’s on-base percentage is .306.

New York Yankees

The best player on the New York Yankees so far this season is first baseman, Luke Voit. He is one of the reasons why New York is one of the best teams in baseball despite all of the injuries they have dealt with. His batting average so far this season is .263 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI’s. Voit’s on-base percentage is .380.

Oakland Athletics

The best player on the Oakland Athletics so far this season is starting pitcher, Frankie Montas. He is 26 years old and Montas could be in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career this season. His record so far this season is 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA. In 76 innings pitched, he has given up 70 hits and 31 runs. Frankie Montas has walked 20 batters and has struck out 79.

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Seattle Mariners

The best player on the Seattle Mariners so far this season is first baseman, Edwin Encarnacion. He always has a knack for hitting baseballs out of the ballpark. His batting average so far this season is .246 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI’s. Encarnacion’s on-base percentage is .360.

Tampa Bay Rays

The best player on the Tampa Bay Rays so far this season is outfielder, Austin Meadows. He was acquired in a trade this offseason that sent starting pitcher Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meadows’s batting average so far this season is .333 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s, along with eight stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .408. There was a lot of potential candidates for the Tampa Bay Rays, but Austin Meadows was the most deserving for this.

Texas Rangers

The best player on the Texas Rangers so far this season is outfielder, Joey Gallo. He is currently on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain. Gallo’s batting average so far this season is .276 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .421. He is one of the reasons why the Texas Rangers are off to a surprising start in Chris Woodward‘s first year as manager.

Toronto Blue Jays

The best player on the Toronto Blue Jays so far this season is starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman. He will most likely get traded at the MLB Trade Deadline because Toronto has not helped him out much. His record so far this season is 3-8 with a 3.31 ERA. In 81.2 innings pitched, Stroman has given up 80 hits and 38 runs. He has walked 28 batters and has struck out 63 batters.

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National League

Arizona Diamondbacks

The best player on the Arizona Diamondbacks so far this season is third baseman, Eduardo Escobar and starting pitcher, Zack Greinke. Arizona has played much better baseball than I had anticipated his season. Escobar’s batting average so far this season is .295 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. It is quite possible he could be starting the MLB All-Star game at third base for the National League. However, Eduardo Escobar should be a reserve if he is not starting because of Nolan Arenado on the Colorado Rockies.

Escobar’s batting average so far this season is .295 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. His on-base percentage is .354. Greinke’s record so far this season is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA. In 87.2 innings pitched, he has given up 68 hits and 29 runs. Zack Greinke has walked 14 batters and has struck out 82 batters.

Atlanta Braves

The best player on the Atlanta Braves so far this season is first baseman, Freddie Freeman. He has Atlanta in an excellent position to get back to the postseason for the second consecutive season. His batting average so far this season is .306 with 18 home runs and 43 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Freeman’s on-base percentage is .395.

Chicago Cubs

The best player on the Chicago Cubs so far this season is first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. It is a close call between him and shortstop/second baseman Javier Baez, but Rizzo has been better by just a tad. Anthony Rizzo’s batting average so far this season is .286 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .399.

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Cincinnati Reds

The best player on the Cincinnati Reds so far this season is outfielder, Derek Dietrich. Dietrich has had a knack for hitting baseballs out of the ballpark so far this season. His batting average is .242 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Derek Dietrich’s on-base percentage is .345.

Colorado Rockies

The best player on the Colorado Rockies so far this season is third baseman, Nolan Arenado. He is one of the best players in the game of baseball and it is possible that Arenado could win another National League MVP award this season. His batting average so far this season is .330 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Nolan Arenado’s on-base percentage is .381.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The best player on the Los Angeles Dodgers so far this season is outfielder/first baseman, Cody Bellinger. He might be one of the favorites to win the NL MVP award right now. His batting average so far this season is .352 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .445.

Miami Marlins

The best player on the Miami Marlins so far this season is starting pitcher, Trevor Richards. He is 28 years old and Richards has blossomed into a solid starter. Even though his record is only 3-6, his ERA is 3.31. In 73.1 innings pitched, Richards has given up 54 hits and 27 runs. He has also walked 33 batters and has struck out 68.

Milwaukee Brewers

The best player on the Milwaukee Brewers so far this season is outfielder, Christian Yelich. His name is always mentioned night in and night out. Yelich’s batting average so far this season is .346 with 25 home runs and 54 RBI’s, along with 14 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .449.

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New York Mets

The best player on the New York Mets so far this season is first baseman, Pete Alonso. He is only a rookie and it is possible Alonso is running away with the MLB National League Rookie of the Year award! His batting average so far this season is .254 with 22 home runs and 49 RBI’s. Pete Alonso’s on-base percentage is .337.

Philadelphia Phillies

The best player on the Philadelphia Phillies so far this season is first baseman/outfielder, Rhys Hoskins, but not by much over outfielder, Bryce Harper. Hoskins is seeing a lot better pitches this season because of how dangerous Harper could be at the plate. Rhys Hoskins has been no joke ever since coming to the major leagues. His batting average is .276 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Hoskins’s on-base percentage is .397.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates so far this season is first baseman, Josh Bell. Pittsburgh isn’t currently a playoff team, but he could win the NL MVP award in 2019. His batting average so far this season is .324 with 18 home runs 60 RBI’s. Josh Bell’s on-base percentage is .390.

San Diego Padres

The best player on the San Diego Padres so far this season is first baseman, Eric Hosmer. San Diego is one of the most improved teams in baseball and it is quite possible they could be a playoff team in a year or two and they have a ton of prospects in their farm system that will make an impact one day for them. Hosmer’s batting average so far this season is .285 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI’s. His on-base percentage is .331.

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San Francisco Giants

The best player on the San Francisco Giants so far this season is starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. He will most likely be traded at the trade deadline this season. Bumgarner is one of the best pitchers in the league. His record so far this season is 3-6 with a 3.83 ERA. In 87 innings pitched, he has given up 84 hits and 43 runs. Madison Bumgarner has walked 17 batters and has struck out 84 batters.

St. Louis Cardinals

The best player on the St. Louis Cardinals so far this season is outfielder, Marcell Ozuna. St. Louis is underachieving after getting off to a hot start this season. His batting average so far this season is .267 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI’s, along with six stolen bases. Ozuna’s on-base percentage is .337.

Washington Nationals

The best player on the Washington Nationals so far this season is starting pitcher, Max Scherzer and third baseman, Anthony Rendon. Scherzer has not got much help this season and his record is only 4-5, but his ERA is 2.83. In 92.1 innings pitched, he has given up 84 hits and 32 runs. Max Scherzer has only walked 19 batters and has struck out 126 batters. Rendon has had a solid year for Washington and he could also be traded at the MLB Trade Deadline. His batting average so far this season is .320 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Anthony Rendon’s on-base percentage is .422.

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