According to MLB Network, Shohei Ohtani is the best player in the Majors
At the dawn of a new season, MLB Network went there from his traditional ranking of the 100 best players in major league baseball. Unsurprisingly, Shohei Ohtani’s name tops the rankings while Toronto Blue Jays star player Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is listed eighth in the top-10.
The Los Angeles Angels star is a logical choice, having won the American League MVP title last year. However, to see his teammate Mike Trout installed in the second rung just behind Ohtani is surprising.
Remember that for two years, Trout has played very little. In 2020, like all major league baseball players, he suffered a season cut short by the pandemic, but last year it was injuries that caused him to miss the majority of the season.
For years, he held baseball’s pearl tag, but it’s hard to show off when you’re off the field.
In 2021, Trout played 36 games with the Angels (a season to forget).
Still a little surprising to see Vlad Jr. not making the top-5 considering his dream season in 2021 and the high expectations placed on him ahead of the 2022 season. After all, he was considered for the title MVP too.
Including Ohtani, who is a hybrid player who sometimes throws, sometimes is used as the hitter of choice, Jacob deGrom (7th) is the only other pitcher among the top 10 players. The batters are, as usual, in the spotlight.
Note also the presence of generational players Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto as well as Ronald Acuna Jr. Along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the quartet will be part of this list for many years to come.
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Other members of the Blue Jays roster making the top-100 are Bo Bichette (32), George Springer (33), Teoscar Hernandez (65), Kevin Gausman (74), Matt Chapman (83) and José Berrios ( 97).
New to the Los Angeles Dodgers with a World Series title acquired in Atlanta in 2021 in hand, Freddie Freeman is also part of the 10 best players, being listed in ninth place.
Max Scherzer, who has chosen to continue his career with the New York Mets, comes in 12th place.