The MLB returned with an exciting 2021 season trying to get back to normalcy. The pandemic outbreak in 2020 forced the tournament to take an unexpected course, with a much shorter regular season, with different playoffs, and without fans in the stands.
However, the organization came back stronger for this campaign, enabling teams to welcome back their supporters into their venues, with the traditional 162-game regular season. The MLB 2021 playoff format is also set to be the conventional, unlike the exceptional one that took part in 2020.
The baseball year has already begun and lucky fans who got to see the action live from the stadiums saw in person the breathtaking homeruns, strikeouts, and all the action that took place so far. As the tournament is heating up, let's take a look at the best hitters in the league.
5 - Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves)
Career stats - AVG: .287 | HR: 88 | RBI: 210
The 23-year-old Venezuelan has impressed everyone since his rise in the elite level with the Atlanta Braves. The former NL Rookie of the Year and MLB All-Star has started the season in great form with seven home runs, 16 Runs Batted In, three Stolen Bases, and leading the way of the Braves once again.
4 - Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres)
Career stats - AVG: .291 | HR: 41 | RBI: 101
'El Niño' didn't begin the year in the best way, hitting only two HR and being sidelined for a while after a scary, non-contact injury in the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 5. However, the Dominican still has a long schedule ahead to prove his power as one of the best hitters in the league.
3 - Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Career stats - AVG: .272 | HR: 123 | RBI: 276
Despite his slow start to the season, with the tough injury background he has and being ruled out to avoid any new physical struggle, 'The Judge' has everything to get back on track and show his talent this year as well. The Yankees will need him at his best too hoping to put their title drought to an end.
2 - Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Career stats - AVG: .300 | HR: 157 | RBI: 511
The four-time MLB All-Star is ready to take the Dodgers to a back-to-back championship, beginning the 2021 campaign in a great manner with .292 batting average. The former AL MVP is among the most popular players in the league, and he is without a doubt one of the greatest hitters as well.
1 - Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Career stats - AVG: .305 | HR: 306 | RBI: 808
The three-time AL MVP has begun his 10th season with Los Angeles Angels looking as good as ever. He already threw a 155.5 mph homer, his hardest hit in his career, breaking a record from 2015. No wonder why he signed the third highest contract in sports history. The eight time All-Star is arguably the best player in the entire MLB right now, and he already showcased outstanding performances in the first weeks.