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.
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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.
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