MLB Players Power Rankings: Top 10 Hitters in 2019

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 08: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros talks with Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 08: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros talks with Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby during the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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MLB Players Power Rankings (3): Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

2019 Stats:  0.592 SLG |  0.418 wOBA |  168 wRC+ |  8.4 fWAR

A few weeks ago, it was a foregone conclusion that Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was going to walk away with the third AL MVP award of his career. Then, the Angels announced that Trout would miss the remainder of the season after opting to have right foot surgery.

In doing so, Trout removed the giant cloud that hovers over the AL West only to reveal that there actually might be another player who was arguably better in 2019: Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.

A side-by-side look at each player’s stats could potentially give the edge to Trout.

  •       Mike Trout: .438 OBP | .645 SLG | .436 wOBA | 180 wRC+ | 8.6 fWAR
  • Alex Bregman: .423 OBP | .592 SLG | .423 wOBA | 168 wRC+ | 8.5 fWAR

However, what Trout doesn’t have that Bregman does is…

  1. Bregman’s team is postseason bound
  2. Without Bregman’s 8.5 wins his team is 98-63, losing home field in the postseason
  3. Bregman played in 22 more games than Trout did
  4. Bregman is better defensively and plays a tougher position

What’s more, in the eyes of many fans, analysts, and spectators, Bregman brings more personality to the game, all the while taking a leadership position in bringing baseball to the modern world.

I’m not sure who I vote for at this point, but I will say that Bregman has the edge.