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2024 MLB season: Top 20 hitters

The 2024 MLB regular season is on the horizon, so it's a great time to evaluate the players creating the most offense at the plate.

There were plenty of offseason moves that changed the landscape of baseball for 2024, so let’s break down the top 20 hitters for this upcoming season. 

20. Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies

Last season was one of the worst seasons of Trea Turner’s career. After posting an average .298 or better for six straight years, Turner struggled in his first year in Philly with a .266 average. However, he hit .292 in the second half of the year, so he’s looking for a big bounce-back year in 2024, and he's +1800 to lead MLB in hits, the seventh-shortest odds.

19. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians

The third baseman for the Guardians had a solid 2023 campaign with a .282 average, but he struggled in the power department with just 24 home runs and 80 RBIs. He will once again be the star of Cleveland’s lineup this season, and he has the joint-ninth-shortest odds to lead the league in hits at +2200.

18. Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves

Austin Riley tends to get overlooked because of the team he’s on. With Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson ahead of him, Riley hit .281 with 37 home runs last year. He’s likely going to be in the heart of the lineup once again in 2024, and he has +5000 odds to lead MLB in home runs.

17. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox

The face of the franchise was the star of the team last year with a .271 average, 33 home runs, and 100 RBIs. With the loss of Justin Turner, Devers will need to be even better this year to give the Red Sox a chance at a winning season. He is +2500 to hit the most home runs in MLB this season and he is +1800 to record the most RBI.

16. Matt Olson, Atlanta Braves

Not only did Matt Olson lead the league in home runs, but he also ranked first in RBIs. Olson finished with an insane 54 home runs and 139 RBIs as he benefited from Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies ahead of him. He is expected to hit 40+ home runs again this season, and he has the second-shortest odds at +700 to lead MLB in home runs and the joint-second-shortest odds to lead the league in RBI at +1000.

15. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

The former outfielder turned first baseman was the star of the Phillies’ postseason run last year. Following elbow surgery that delayed the start of his season, Bryce Harper hit .293 with a .900 OPS in 126 games. He will take over first base this year and will likely hit third in Philly’s order. Harper is +1800 to lead MLB in RBI and +5000 to lead the league in home runs.

14. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

Following a lost 2022 season due to suspension and wrist injury, Fernando Tatis Jr. had a solid 2023 season. He hit 25 home runs and 78 RBIs in 141 games, but the Padres will look a lot different this year without Juan Soto. Tatis Jr. will need to stay healthy to help lead the Padres to a respectable season, and he enters 2024 at +1600 to record the most home runs and +3000 to record the most hits in MLB.

13. Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks are coming off a World Series appearance, and the leader of the offense was the rookie Corbin Carroll. The speedy outfielder won NL Rookie of the Year after hitting .285 with 54 stolen bases and 25 home runs. Carroll has an elite mix of speed and power, and as a result, he is +5000 to lead MLB in hits and +500 to steal the most bases.

12. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are going to look a lot different this season without Shohei Ohtani in the lineup. However, Mike Trout is still the star of the show. Trout struggled with injuries last year, but he still hit .263 with 18 home runs in 82 games. Now fully healthy, Trout is a prime candidate for a bounce back year with +2800 odds to hit the most home runs in 2024.

11. Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros

The Houston Astros are stacked at the top of the lineup, and that includes Kyle Tucker. The young outfielder hit .284 with 29 home runs and 113 RBIs in 157 games. His elite eye and low strikeout rate make him one of the best hitters in baseball. Tucker is +2000 to record the most RBI and +2500 to record the most hits in MLB this season.

10. Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners

In just two seasons, Julio Rodriguez has won the AL Rookie of the Year and has been named to the All-Star Game twice. Last season, he hit .275 with 32 home runs and 37 stolen bases. A big season from Rodriguez could lead the Mariners to a postseason appearance. He has the fifth-shortest odds to lead MLB in hits at +1400.

9. Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals

Fresh off of signing an 11-year contract, Bobby Witt Jr. is ready to take another step forward toward being a star. Witt Jr. hit .276 with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 2023, and with a new-look Royals in 2024, he is primed for another big season. He has the sixth-shortest odds to lead MLB in hits at +1600.

8. Juan Soto, New York Yankees

One of the biggest moves in the offseason was the blockbuster trade between the Padres and Yankees that sent Juan Soto to the Yankees. Last season with the Padres, Soto hit .275 and had a nearly 20 percent walk rate. With a shorter right field in the Bronx, Soto is expected to have a huge 2024, and he has the seventh-shortest odds to hit the most home runs in MLB at +1400.

7. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s incredible to think that Mookie Betts hit .307 last season and might be the third-best player on the Dodgers in 2024. Regardless, Betts had his best season as a Dodger last year as he hit 39 home runs and 40 doubles with 107 RBIs. He will remain Los Angeles’ leadoff hitter in 2024. Betts is +2500 to record the most hits and+8000 to hit the most home runs.

6. Corey Seager, Texas Rangers

The AL Batting Crown came down to the last few games, and Yandy Diaz just barely beat out Corey Seager for the title. However, Seager went out to lead the Rangers to a World Series title after a remarkable regular season campaign which featured him hitting .327 with a 1.019 OPS in 119 games. Seager is +2000 to record the most hits in the 2024 MLB season.

5. Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles Dodgers

Freddie Freeman had a historic 2023 campaign. Freeman hit 29 home runs and launched an absurd 59 doubles, but that wasn’t all. He also hit .331 with a .977 OPS which marked the seventh time in the last eight years he has finished with a batting average above .300. Freeman is +1600 to lead MLB in RBI in 2024.

4. Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

Yordan Alvarez is one of the scariest hitters in baseball right now. In 2023, Alvarez finished in the 99th percentile in barrel rate and 96th percentile in hard hit rate. He finished the year with a .293 average and 31 home runs in just 114 games. He enters 2024 with the sixth-shortest odds to lead the league in home runs at +1100 and he has the shortest odds to lead the league in RBI at +800.

3. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Aaron Judge wasn’t able to hit 62 home runs last year like he did in 2022, but he was still phenomenal with 37 home runs in 106 games. A toe injury sidelined him for several weeks, but New York’s captain appears to be healthy and ready to go in 2024. He enters the campaign with the shortest odds to lead MLB in home runs at +400, and he is among the favorites to lead the league in RBI at +1100.

2. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Dodgers

Shohei Ohtani signed the largest deal in baseball history in the offseason. The two-way superstar signed a deal worth $700 million with the Dodgers, but due to an elbow injury, Ohtani will only be hitting this season. At the plate, Ohtani hit .304 with a 1.066 OPS in 135 games last year. 'Shotime' is +900 to lead MLB in home runs - the fourth-shortest odds - and he is tied for the second-shortest odds to lead MLB in RBI at +1000.

1. Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves

Last season, Ronald Acuna Jr. set numerous records. However, the most impressive one would be Acuna Jr. becoming the first player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 70 bases. The reigning NL MVP is set to continue his rise to stardom in 2024 as the Braves are a serious contender for a World Series title. Acuna is the second-favorite to record the most hits at +900 and he's the favorite to record the most stolen bases at +150.

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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