30. Mike Trout
Accolades: 2-time MVP, 6-time All-Star, 5-time Silver Slugger; .306/.410/.566, 201 HR
The youngest inclusion on this list, Mike Trout still has plenty of time to ascend the rankings as he begins to enter his prime. He has been the gold standard for outfielders since entering the league in 2011. Built more like an NFL linebacker than a baseball player, the hyper-athletic Trout utilizes his dense frame to explode on pitches in the zone and patrol the center of LA's outfield.
Trout's best year to date came in 2016, when he secured his second MVP trophy. On a flawed Angels team, Trout still managed to lead all hitters in WAR and on-base percentage. He's as patient as they come, and rarely allows pitchers to make mistakes against him. The 26-year-old will be adding to his trophy case for the remainder of his already stellar career.
Image Source: Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports
29. Vladimir Guerrero
Accolades: Hall of Fame Inductee, 2004 MVP, 9-time All-Star, 8-time Silver Slugger; .318/.379/.553, 2,590 H, 449 HR
When Guerrero went up to bat, it was a spectacle. It was the signal for everybody to tune in, because you never knew what you were going to get. No pitch was considered out of the strike zone for Vlad. He could barely skim a ball that was placed low-and-away and send it over the right field fence. Vlad played the game how everybody wanted to play it. He swung at virtually everything and found a way to be productive while doing it. After an illustrious career in Montreal, Guerrero signed with the Angels before the 2004 season. In his first year in Anaheim, Vlad took home MVP honors by recording 39 home runs, 126 runs batted in and helped lead the team to 92-70 record. His aggressiveness and power endeared him to more than just Expos and Angels fans -- but all fans of baseball.
Image Source: Kirby Lee/GETTY Images
28. "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
Accolades: World Series; .356/.423/.517, 1,772 H, 792 RBI, 202 SB
Shoeless Joe etched himself into Cleveland lore by being one of the best hitters the game has ever seen. In the heart of the dead ball era, Jackson consistently hit in the high-.300s while recording three consecutive seasons with at least a 1.000 OPS. He could spray the ball all over the field, and was quick enough to leg out a healthy amount of extra base hits.
Unfortunately, Jackson's career will be forever tainted for his involvement in the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. As a member of the Chicago White Sox, Jackson and his team fell to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. After the series was over, Jackson, along with a handful of his teammates, were accused of throwing the games. It should be noted that Jackson actually led all teams in batting average in that series, and committed no errors over all eight games.
Image Source: Universal History Archive/GETTY Images
Accolades: 2001 MVP, 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove, 3-time Silver Slugger, 2-time Batting Title; .312/.355/.403, 3080 H, 509 SB
Ichiro wasted no time getting assimilated to American baseball upon joining the MLB at 27 years old. In his rookie year, Ichiro recorded 242 hits, stole 56 bags and had a .350 batting average. He also won MVP -- as a rookie. Little did the baseball world know, the Japanese standout was just getting started.
Ichiro has cemented himself as one of the best all-around players the game has seen. His unique slap-hitting style has led him to over 4,000 professional hits (that includes his time in Japan), and his cannon arm in right has produced countless highlight plays. Still an active player at 44 years old, the ageless Ichiro could probably hit in the Majors for another decade.
Image Source: Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports