20. Jesus Aguilar
2018: 35 HR in 492 AB
Aguilar’s first full season in the Majors didn’t come until 2017 after the 27-year-old infielder was selected off waivers by the Brewers. He made a massive jump in his second season in Milwaukee, blasting National League pitching for 108 RBI and improving in every hitting category to earn his first All-Star selection.
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19. Max Muncy
2018: 35 HR in 395 AB
While Max Muncy isn’t as established as many of the veteran rakers on this list, the Dodgers infielder’s “out-of-nowhere” 2018 deserves your attention. He homered every 11.29 at-bats, a figure that led baseball, in his first full season in the Majors. Muncy also hit the most dramatic home run of the season, a solo walk-off in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series. It ended the longest game in the history of the Fall Classic and cemented Muncy in World Series lore.
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