MLB Rankings: Five Best Hitters 22 or Younger

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as he is doused with Gatorade after a game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 18, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as he is doused with Gatorade after a game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 18, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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1.     Ronald Acuna Jr., CF, ATL

The 2018 National League Rookie of the Year properly transitioned into an MVP candidate this season. Likely to finish in the top five on the NL MVP ballot, Acuna had a ridiculous 2019 season and helped the Atlanta Braves with their second consecutive NL East title.

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The 21-year-old All-Star was an all-around player in 2019. He became the youngest major leaguer ever to enter to 40-30 club, after finishing the season with 41 home runs and an NL-best 37 stolen bases.

The Venezuela-native finished fourth in the NL in home runs, 10th in RBI, and first in runs scored, plate-appearances, and stolen bases.

Even though his first full season in the majors did not disappoint in the slightest, he does have areas where he needs to improve. His main concern is the amount he strikeouts and his lack of hustle. He has shown he has the speed and needs to utilize it more. He had way too many 330-foot singles.

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Acuna is a young slugger who dominates breaking pitches. With over 40 home runs in his age-21 season, Acuna has the brightest future ahead of him out of all the players 22 or younger. He is drawing crazy comparisons already and his 2020 season will indicate his superstar trajectory.