Each month, MLB writers update their hitter power rankings, an unofficial way to point out who are the hottest and more productive batters in the league.
Players like the New York Yankees‘ Aaron Judge and Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez have been in the ranking (the league usually publishes the top-ten on Twitter) several times now, and with good reason: they are, together with Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, the strongest MVP candidates in the American League.
The ranking, however, has some fresh faces.
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Francisco Lindor is having quite the resurgent season and is leading an underrated New York Mets offense.
Speaking of the Mets, trade addition Daniel Vogelbach is also a new face in the ranking.
He has been performing admirably ever since the Mets brought him to Queens.
Others Have Been Hot, But Judge Is On Another Level
Another NL East powerhouse, the Philadelphia Phillies, got two hitters in the top-ten: first baseman Rhys Hoskins and catcher J.T. Realmuto.
The Phillies have won eight of their last 10 games, and they have been getting a lot of help from both sluggers.
Judge, however, keeps showing why he is the premier power threat in MLB.
He is slashing 304/.396/.681 with 45 home runs, a 199 wRC+ (a number that leads the league) and an incredible 7.3 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
Judge was stellar in 2017, his rookie year (when he hit 52 homers), but he is well on his way to shatter all kinds of franchise records in the power department.
Roger Maris hit 61 blasts in 1961, but Judge is currently on pace to knock 65 balls out of the park.
All we know is that Judge will be a very rich man when the World Series ends: he is slated to hit the free agent market.
The Yankees, or some other team, will pay big bucks for his services.