The best batsmen of the 2021 season
Batsmen are one of the vital roles in a roster. These players are the ones who will carry their clubs to bigger wins in the season and beyond. Let’s talk about the stars who made an impact in every game in the 2021 season.
There are a lot of batsmen in the MLB but only a select few have made an impact for their respective teams, and led their clubs to success. These stars are the best in scoring for their teams and some even pulled off the biggest wins of the season.
The 2021 season was a blast for most teams. Some even went on to prove that they can win big games which made the MLB season a fun one to watch. Here are the top batsmen for the 2021 season:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had some stiff competition in his quest for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, but there is no talk on whether he is the league’s top slugger. He received the 2021 AL Hank Aaron Award after a year the Toronto Blue Jays flirted with the triple crown.
Vlad nailed .311/.401/.601 with 48 home runs, 111 RBIs, 123 runs scored and 363 total bases. He led MLB in runs and total bases which tied the Major League lead in homers. The star also paced the AL in on-base percentage, slugging and OPS. The icing on the cake was that Guerrero became a first-time All-Star in 2021.
Vlad is also the youngest recipient in the history of the award and the first in his family to win it. The Blue Jays star is one of the most feared sluggers in his game just like his father for 22 years. This shows how much Vlad has improved in his run with the club and it sends a strong message to the rest of the league.
The Atlanta Braves only have one goal in the summer, and that is to give Freddie Freeman a new deal to work with. They want to keep him a Brave, and it is going to take a lot of money to bring in the lead star who led the way for their success in the 2021 World Series.
At the age of 32, Freeman is also keen to stay with the Braves. Everyone knows where his heart is, and the five-time all-star went from a slow start to the season all the way to a strong finish with a crushing win against the Houston Astros in the final.
Freeman batted .300 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs and a National League-leading 120 runs. The 2020 NL MVP is a career .295 hitter with 271 homers in parts of 12 seasons - all with the Braves. His recent success saw the Braves earn their first World Series since 1995.
For GM Alex Anthopoulos, bringing Freddie in once more would be the biggest help that they can get to boost their squad for next season. Freeman is the key to stay on par with other teams in the league.
Shohei Ohtani is a special treat to watch for a lot of fans. The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star had to lead the club through a tough season without Mike Trout and had 46 home runs, drove in 100 runs and posted a .965 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Ohtani has also been the best starting pitcher at the same time, and he tallied a 3.18 earned run average and 156 strikeouts in 130 ⅓ innings over 23 starts. He was awarded with the AL MVP Award, and he joined former Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki as the only Japanese players to win the MVP award.
The Angels’ star took all of the 30 votes for the first place and he was on a strong note for that award. He rocked the league with his clutch plays and he willed the Angels to a fair finish all while trying to fill the gap on both ends of the field.
Shohei proved that the level of Japanese baseball is high, and fans are happy for his success as he continues to grind his way to the top of the league. That shows his progress as a shining star and his future with the Angels is starting to pay off.
In his 11th season, Jose Altuve showed the rest of the league that his status as an Astros legend continues to shine. While his batting numbers didn't get to the .330-.340 mark, the star still stayed as one of the best hitters in the team’s lineup.
Jose had one of the best seasons in his career. He had the fifth-most extra-base hits for a second baseman in 2021 with 64, behind only MVP candidate Marcus Semien, Ozzie Albies, Brandon Lowe, and Jorge Polanco.
The star was also first in runs scored (117), third in walks (66) and OPS (.839), fourth in home runs (31), fifth in hits (167) and RBI’s (83), and eighth in doubles (32).
On top of that, Jose became the ‘chosen one’ for coach Dusty Baker to lead off the team in their games. He’s been a great leader so far and fans were pleased with his big plays in the MLB.
That proves Altuve’s worth as a consistent star in the MLB. After all, he is all about winning ever since he first came into the league, and he is having the time of his life with the Astros. Jose is making a difference in the squad thanks to his big plays.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr. has taken the big stage with the San Diego Padres so far, and his success knows no bounds - at least for the 2021 season. He was the best shortstop in the National League, which was seen in his numbers as well.
He led the National League with 42 home runs and a .975 OPS which proved that he is one of the best stars in his spot. Tatis also won the NL’s Silver Slugger at shortstop. At the age of 22, he is one of the five players to win the award twice (back to back), and he showed the league what it means to be the best player for his team.
Some say that these batsmen need more time to shine in their games, but their success in the 2021 run proved that they are ready for more action. Who knows, they may even set the bar for more players to come in the league.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores