Boston Red Sox: Mookie Betts +4
Cleveland Indians: Jay Bruce +3
Houston Astros: Josh Reddick +2
New York Yankees: Aaron Judge +5
Minnesota Twins: Max Kepler +1
BREAKDOWN: ALL RISE. +5 for the Rookie of the Year and possible American League MVP. Breaking records left and right, Judge is the player most people will be excited to watch this postseason. Hitting over 50 home runs is an accomplishment by anyone but by a rookie? This kid is something else. He handles everything with the right way and seems to be the real deal. Swinging over to the Yankees arch-rival, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox is another superstar at the right field position as well. Some could argue that Mookie Betts has been doing it longer and is actually younger than Judge, but the Baby Bomber had one of the most dominating seasons ever so Betts receives +4. I’d take either on my team any day but this has been the year of the Judge. Jay Bruce was a great addition by the Indians and can definitely be an X-Factor for the tribe this postseason. He hit over 30 home runs in 2017, earning +3. Even Josh Reddick and Max Kepler are solid right fielders, but their on the lowest tier of the five. Reddick gets +2 and Kepler gets +1.
Arizona Diamondbacks: JD Martinez +4
Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward +1
Colorado Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez +2
Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig +3
Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper +5
BREAKDOWN: Bryce Harper should be healthy for the playoffs and when he is, he’s a top five/ten player in the league. +5 for being an awesome baseball player and for having awesome hair. JD Martinez was named the player of the month of September and has been extremely good this whole season. We can all remember when he hit 4 home runs in a game earlier this season but he ended the year batting .303 with 45 home runs and 104 RBIs. He is one HELL of a player and will help the Diamondbacks big time this postseason but Bryce is an MVP-caliber type player and I’d rather Bryce on my team. Puig went from being one of the biggest names in baseball to being quietly good? He still has solid numbers but you don’t hear too much about Yasiel anymore. I want to love CarGo but I feel like he always under performs. He still is deadly left handed bat in a deadly Colorado Rockies lineup, earning him +2. Jason Hayward is a really good defender but his bat is just not as strong as the other four guys. If he gives another motivational speech, he might get bumped up to fourth place but for now, he’s staying at +1.