The man who now tops the revised list of the ten players with the most home runs in the 2022 MLB season is a surprise. A daily updated list can be found here.
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Top 10 Home Run Hitters 2022
1. Byron Buxton
Even though Byron Buxton only participated in 61 games in 2021, he made a significant enough offensive impact to warrant consideration for AL MVP this year if he remains healthy the entire campaign. He hit.306/.385/.647 in 254 at-bats, collecting 42 extra-base hits, giving him a 171 OPS+.
He was on pace to hit roughly 45 home runs if he reached 600 plate appearances with 19 home runs. The stats indicate that his ability to produce power is innate, therefore all he needs to do to prepare for the forthcoming matches is maintain his health.
2. Luis Robert
The only reason Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert is still on this list, like divisional opponent Byron Buxton, is due to injury. Due to a hip flexor strain, the five-tool wonder was limited to 68 games last season, but he still made an impact by slashing.338/.378/.567 with 13 home runs in 296 plate appearances and earning 3.6 WAR.
He’ll likely have a 30/30 season once he’s established in the major leagues. Moreover, 2022 should be a significant year if the season goes well.
3. Bobby Bradley
There has never been any question about Bobby Bradley’s ability to hit home runs. For five years in a row, the 225-pound, 6’1″ slugger hit at least 23 home runs in the minor leagues. At Triple-A, he blasted 33 home runs in 2019.
He hit 156 home runs and had an OPS of.840 throughout the course of his seven years in the minor leagues. People have been speculating as to whether he will maintain his consistency long enough to play regular league games.
But for Cleveland, the 25-year-old is the front-runner to start at first base. It appears as though he will reach the milestone of hitting 30 home runs if he manages to get 500 at-bats and survives the starter.
4. Darin Ruf
A small number of players will benefit more than San Francisco Giants slugger Darin Roof from the potential addition of a universal DH in 2022. After Ruf’s failure with the Philadelphia Phillies, he moved to the KBO and quickly became one of the best hitters in the league.
In the three years with the Samsung Lions, he averaged 29 home runs, scored 117 runs, and had an OPS of .968. Later, Darin came back to the United States in 2020 and signed with the Giants. Last year 143 OPS+.
5. Jesus Sanchez
Jesus Sanchez, an outfielder, made significant progress last year. He had a 1-for-25 batting average with 11 strikeouts in his maiden season in the big leagues. The Miami Marlins acquired Sanchez, a top prospect while he was with the Tampa Bay Rays, at the 2019 trade deadline.
He was acquired by Tampa Bay as part of a four-player trade for Nick Anderson. On Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects, he was ranked 58th heading into the 2020 campaign, but his dismal debut diminished some of his star power.
6. Jarred Kelenic
The high hopes for Jarred Kelenic’s debut season were not met. He only had a.181 batting average, a 72 OPS+, and a minus-1.8 WAR in 93 games. But given how he finished the season, it would be a grave error to write off the 22-year-old as a dud.
He looked much more like the player that began the year at No. 4 on Baseball America’s Top 100 list and was anticipated to have an early impact with a batting line of.248/.331/.524 and seven home runs in 118 plate appearances over his past 29 games.
7. Jo Adell
Jo Adell, an outfielder with five different skills, peaked at No. 3 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list in 2020. He now sleeps after a hype. The 22-year-old has produced a remarkable.205/.255/.339 line with a 61 OPS+ and a 32 percent strikeout rate in 272 plate appearances over the last two seasons.
However, a good conclusion to the 2021 campaign gives his supporters cause for optimism once more. Mike Trout, Brandon Marsh, and Adell will play outfield for the Los Angeles Angels in 2021. Justin Upton, a seasoned player, might, on the other hand, play less frequently.
8. Frank Schwindel
It was left to journeyman Frank Schwindel to take over at first base after the Chicago Cubs traded club icon Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees in July. He took advantage of his first significant opportunity in the major leagues. The 29-year-old batted a scorching.342/.389/.613 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 239 at-bats after making his Cubs debut on July 30.
He hit 20 home runs four times while in the lower leagues, which is a strong indication of his power. Even though his numbers aren’t as good as they were last year, he still has a solid enough approach at the plate to be an effective middle-of-the-order hitter.
9. Chad Pinder
Chad Pinder appears to have a clear road to regular playing time in left field for the Oakland Athletics now that Mark Canha and Starling Marte have both signed free-agent contracts. Since Canha and Marte are no longer around, Pinder should be able to fill their positions with ease. He has performed admirably in a “super-utility” role for the past few years.
He only hit.243/.300/.411 with six home runs in 233 at-bats last season, but the information on the balls he hit paints an exciting picture. His average exit speed (92.6 mph) was tied for 20th among hitters with at least 200 at-bats, and his hard-hit rate was tied for ninth (54.2 percent).
10. Harrison Bader
Because of his proficiency at centre field defence, Harrison Bader was able to play for the St. Louis Cardinals while honing his offensive skills. The team’s decision to keep him on a tight leash is going to pay off. Last year, Bader enjoyed a breakthrough season at the plate. He hit.210 and had an OPS+ of 88 in 2019 and 2020.
The 27-year-old also achieved career highs in doubles (21), home runs (16), RBI (50), and WAR in addition to hitting.267/.324/.460 (3.9). He primarily caused harm during the team’s late-season run of success. He had 117 at-bats in his last 32 games, batting.333/.368/.613 with 10 doubles, 7 home runs, and 19 RBI. That might signal the beginning of an even greater year.