MLB Hitter Power Rankings: Two Blue Jays featured in the Top 10
By Edward Eng
In the most recent release of the MLB Hitter Power Rankings by MLB.com, two red-hot Toronto Blue Jays players find themselves in the top 10. Surprisingly, Matt Chapman, currently one of the top hitters in all of baseball this year, was ranked only at No. 5, while teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed right behind him at No. 6.
Two Blue Jays players featured in MLB.com's latest Hitter Power Rankings.
Chapman has been the Jays best hitter so far in 2023. To date, he ranks in the top two in all of baseball for doubles, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, extra base hits, and total bases. Guerrero himself is no slouch either, ranking in the top ten in the AL in runs scored, hits, batting average, on-base percentage, and BB/K ratio. Together, they have formed a dynamic duo in the heart of the Jays’ lineup day in and day out.
Firmly sitting in the top spot of the MLB Hitter Power Rankings, to no surprise, was Mike Trout, given his solid reputation and who has been consistently productive throughout his career. Once again, he has gotten off to a strong start with the Los Angeles Angels, hitting .308/.395/.984, with seven home runs and 18 RBI. But what’s more surprising was the two hitters ranked ahead of both Chapman and Guerrero in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. That belonged to Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Jarred Kelenic of the Seattle Mariners.
After starting the year hitting close to .100 in his first nine games, Muncy has exploded with 10 home runs and 20 RBI in his next 16 games for an OPS of 1.463 over that time span. For Kelenic, a career .168 hitter prior to 2023, he has by far exceeded Mariners’ expectations and has hit .308 with seven home runs and 14 RBI. However, it would make more sense if Chapman was ranked at least higher than Kelenic, with his career year so far being much more monumental than Kelenic. Of note as well was the recent slump of Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, falling to #10 after being in the #1 spot in the previous weeks.
Hopefully both Chapman and Guerrero can continue their success into May and move further up in the rankings to challenge Trout in the top spot, and at the same time, keep leading the Jays to many more victories.