RF - Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Season Stats: .331/.449/.697 (195 OPS+), 29 HR, 65 RBIs, 5.2 WAR
Judge has been the primary topic of any baseball fan all season long, so instead of rehashing how successful he's been this season, let’s just take a look at Baseball Reference’s AL stats leaderboard:
Judge’s power stroke is astonishing, but his selectivity and general plate discipline in his rookie season is what has veterans gawking and pitching coaches flustered. He strikes out plenty (104 in 352 plate appearances), but his 1.145 OPS is 95 points ahead of second-place Joey Votto, whose career is defined by his expert batting eye and power. Maybe Judge can’t maintain a pace reminiscent of peak Barry Bonds, but he has become the game’s must-watch player in a half-season—an incredible feat when he’s eclipsing the popularity of players like Trout and Bryce Harper.