’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season
For me, one of the many ways to judge and offensive player’s effect on the game is to measure the number of home runs and stolen bases he collects in a single season. The landmark number of ’30/30′ is one that I have enjoyed tracking since I was a kid.
During the 2012 baseball season, there were just two big leaguers to make it into the exclusive ’30/30 Club’ – Ryan Braun and Mike Trout.
Yes, there were a lot of sluggers that hit well over 30 home runs, but very few of them put the effort needed to steal 30 bases. I think that in the right situations, we could see many of them steal 30 bases in a season, but both they and their managers would have to be committed to it.
Here are the ‘Top Ten Players Most Likely To Go ’30/30′ During The 2013 Baseball Season’:
Honorable Mention – Robinson Cano, BJ Upton, Curtis Granderson, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Beltran, Anthony Rizzo, Justin Upton, and Adam Jones.
10 – Hanley Ramirez
9 – Josh Hamilton
8 – Jayson Werth
7 – Carlos Gonzalez
6 – Jason Heyward
5 – Bryce Harper
4 – Andrew McCutchen
3 – Ryan Braun
2 – Matt Kemp
1 – Mike Trout
I think that the 2013 baseball season will be a magical one. I expect to see both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout become even better all-around players. I also expect a rebound season from Hanley Ramirez. I think that Jason Heyward is poised to take off and deliver what many thought he would do a few years ago. I also think that Jayson Werth is going to be solid this year – with Zim and Harper in the line-up, there is less pressure on him, and I think he will soar. And for some reason, I think that Matt Kemp is going to go bonkers this year – I don’t follow the Dodgers too closely, but I think that 2013 will be a Dodger season worth paying attention too.
And there you have it – I am very ready for the 2013 baseball season to start. And I think that we may see anywhere between 5-8 members of the ’30/30 Club’ at the end.
Let me know what you think. Am I missing anything here? Should anyone be pulled from my list in place of someone else?
I’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks for reading.