Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Top 9 Must See Hitters in the Game Now

There is some hitters that are so captivating that you wait for his plate appearance to finish before you go to the kitchen or restroom.  Simply put, a joy to watch. 
There is a good number of great and exciting hitters in the game right now.  So, I thought I will give you my top nine must see hitters right now and the various reasons why.
I apologize to the players and their fans of the players omitted, but I can't name them all.  Without further ado, here is my list of players I put off grabbing a bite to eat until they have hit:

9. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox 1B/DH.  Even though he has only been in the big leagues for a short period of time, he has shown what a slugger should be.  Someone who can hit the ball to all fields with major power and willing to do it.  Not just be so pull happy and hit the ball into shifts each time.  I hope he continues to do well.

8. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals OF.   The much hyped young star is known to play the game with such reckless abandon.  Add his power and speed, then you get you excitement.  Lets just hope he stays healthy.

7. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees SS.  This is his final season of his Hall of Fame career.  So, the number of times you can watch him is diminishing.  And each time he is up to bat, there is a chance he will pass another milestone.

6.Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers DH.   I don't think there is a more disciplined hitter in the game right now.  He works on every pitch and has the same swing each time. As of June 1, he has as many home runs as strikeout-13.  Astonishing!

5. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds OF.  If you like pure speed, he is your guy.  The rookie is still a work in progress, but he has so much speed that he can manufacture runs with just his legs.

4. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers OF.  He came in the big leagues with such a bang and with such raw skills a year ago.  Puig is becoming more of a refined player each month that passes by.  Not too far away, he will be included in MVP discussions and best player in the game debates.  He is the epitome of a 5 tool player.

3. Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins OF.  Pure power.  He is a bit older and now has some protection in the lineup, so his game has reached the next level.  Each time he steps in the batter's box, he has a chance to hit a home run and at a very long distance.  I mean a long distance!!!

2. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels OF.  Probably the best all around player in the game. Finished 2nd to Miguel Cabrera the last two seasons in the AL MVP voting.  Fun to watch, but as much as Puig is becoming more disciplined at the plate, Trout is strking out more. He is on a pace to strikeout over 200 times this year.  Lets work on that Mr. Trout, Los Angeles may become Puig's town instead.

1. Miguel Cabrera. Detroit Tigers 1B.  Yep, once again Trout finishes second to Cabrera.  Miggy  is simply the best and one of the greatest of all time.   I have never seen a player that has an approach at the plate of a singles hitter and has the ability to hit the ball out of the park in any direction.  If anyone wants to learn how to hit, watch Cabrera. How he approaches each pitch from each pitcher in all game situations.  A student of the game who is always looking to get better.  And Cabrera does it with a team first mentality and a smile on a face at all times.   Add it all up, Cabrera is a future Hall of Famer and my favorite player in the game right now.  Miguel Cabreras don't come around often. So watch him hit everytime you can, I certainly do.

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