MLB Top Home Run Hitters 2011: Updated
MLB reports: Here at MLB reports, we consistently get fan requests for features on the top home run hitters in the game. We recently ran a feature looking at the top power hitters and appreciate the feedback and responses. As a bonus, for all those of you that dig the long ball, here is a look at the current MLB leader board and analysis on each of the top long ball threats. Some surprises to this point for sure.
T1) Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 11
For all the talk of the Tigers winning the Granderson trade in obtaining Austin Jackson, Granderson has really made the Yankees look good this year. At 30 years of age and healthy this season, Granderson has really enjoyed his second year with the Bronx Bombers. He has hit 11 home runs, to go together with his .283 AVG, .359 OBP and .646 SLG. Add in 2 triples for good measure as Granderson has done it all for the Yankees in 2011. Hitting higher in the order, Granderson will continue to have increased chances of scoring and driving in runs. With a career high of 30 long balls recently in 2009, Granderson is on pace for a new personal best this year. With his lineup and ballpark, the chances are very good if he stays healthy.
T1) Alfonso Soriano, Cubs: 11
Left for dead by many experts, Soriano has come out of seemingly nowhere to rejuvenate his career… power-wise. On pace for 50+ home runs, Soriano is hitting long balls, driving in and scoring runs at a high pace. However note the key red flag: 4 walks to-date with a .273 OBP. These kinds of numbers are simply unacceptable and with 31 strike outs, Soriano better find some plate discipline soon if he hopes to continue to receive regular at-bats. At his late age, Soriano is slowly morphing into an all other nothing home run hitter and his free swinging ways is actually hurting more than helping the Cubs this season.
T2) Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 10
At the age of 36, Lance Berkman has reclaimed his spot as one of the top hitters in the game for the Cardinals. Healthy and playing like the Puma of old, Berkman has a 1.191 OPS to go together with his 17/16 BB/K ratio. To say that he is paying outstanding baseball would be an understatement. I really liked this signing at the time and playing with Pujols and Holliday has done wonders for Berkman’s bat. With LaRussa as his manager and strong team along for the ride, I see 40+ home runs in the Big Puma’s future…provided he remains healthy of course.
T2) Ryan Braun, Brewers: 10
The Hebrew Hammer just doesn’t let up. The 27-year-old Braun already has 138 career home runs and continues to pile them on. With Prince Fielder protecting him in the lineup, Braun will just continue to be Braun in 2011. Mark him down for 30+ home runs and don’t think twice.
T2) Jose Bautista: 10
As time goes by, Bautista’s numbers slowly but surely are silencing many of his critics. Despite missing games this season with a neck strain and personal leave, Bautista has managed 10 home runs in 88 at bats. Combined with his 30/17 BB/K ratio, .352 AVG, .521 OBP and .773 SLG and you have one of the best, if not the best player currently in the game. Bautista has also produced with Adam Lind and very little else for support in the lineup. The Toronto slugger is proving that he is not a one-hit wonder and here to stay on the MLB home run leader board.
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Posted on May 9, 2011, in MLB Player Profiles, Players: Fantasy Baseball Articles and tagged baseball, bautista, berkman, braun, brewers, cardinals, cubs, granderson, hitters, homerun, jays, mlb, soriano, yankees. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.