The hitters are the backbone of any team in baseball. The best MLB hitters of 2023 helped their team to win more matches.
Every hitter wants to hit the highest number of home runs. But, everybody can’t be the best. Not every player lives up to their potential.
However, these 15 best MLB hitters of 2023 stood apart from the crowd. They scored the highest number of runs and were crucial for their team.
Ranking 15 Best MLB Hitters 2023
These players were picked based on the runs scored, their contribution to the team. The stats of the players were picked from Baseball-Reference and Pitcher list.
|15.||Nick Castellanos||Right Fielder|
|14.||Mookie Betts||Right Fielder|
|11.||Matt Olson||First Baseman/Right fielder|
|10.||J.D. Martinez||Designated Hitter|
|9.||Rafael Devers||Third Baseman|
|8.||Freddie Freeman||First Baseman|
|6.||Jose Ramirez||Third Baseman|
|3.||Shohei Ohtani||Designated Hitter/Pitcher|
|2.||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||First Base/ Third Base|
|1.||Fernando Tatis Jr.||Shortstop|
15. Nick Castellanos
The right fielder for the team, Cincinnati Reds, is one of the best MLB hitters in 2023. His talent was impressive even when he was in high school.
Nick Castellanos won the Silver Slugger Award and All-Star in 2021. So, this is one of his best seasons till now.
In 2021, he batted at an average of .309 while scoring 34 home runs. In addition, Nick scored 95 runs while his RBI was 100.
His WAR of 3.2 games is also impressive for a hitter. In 2017, he was the triples champion scoring 10 triples.
14. Mookie Betts
Even though Mookie Betts’ best career was in 2018, he is still a great player. His golden form continued even in 2023.
In 2021, he managed to hit 23 home runs with an average of .264. But, the batting average is low compared to his average of .296.
Similarly, his WAR is 4.2 games. Plus, he managed to steal 10 bases with 58 RBI. Even this year, he was selected for the All-Star games.
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His overall contribution makes him one of the best hitters in the MLB.
13. Kyle Tucker
Another hitter among the best MLB hitters of 2023 is Kyle Tucker. Tucker currently plays for the Houston Astros.
In 2021, Kyle batted at an average of .294. He made 83 runs with 92 RBI. Additionally, he managed to steal 14 bases.
Apart from that, in 2021, he had a WAR of 5.7 games. Plus, he managed to hit 30 home runs.
In September, he won the Player of the Month. At the end of the year, he had 147 OPS+.
Even though he was included in the final list of Gold Glove, he didn’t win the award.
12. Xander Bogaerts
“The X-Man” made his debut with Boston Red Sox in 2013. Since then, Bogaerts has been a crucial part of the Boston Red Sox.
The three times All-Star Xander Bogaerts won the Silver Slugger award in 2021. Previously, he had won the award three times.
In 2021, he managed to score 90 runs with 79 RBI. Apart from that, he hit 23 home runs.
In between the season, he suffered from the Coronavirus also. However, he returned to the team a week or two later.
He was also a crucial part of the 2013 and 2018 World-Series winning teams.
11. Matt Olson
In 2021, Matt Olson was included in the All-Star team for the first time. However, he had won the Gold Glove award in 2018 and 2019.
Olson batted with an average of .271. Throughout the season, he scored 101 runs with 111 RBI.
Additionally, he hit 39 home runs while stealing 4 bases. Plus, he has a WAR of 5.8 games.
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His slugging percentage (SLG) was .540, while his on-base percentage was .371. As a result, he is precious to his team.
10. J.D. Martinez
The designated hitters play in the place of the pitcher. So, their sole responsibility is to hit the ball.
J.D. Martinez currently plays for the Boston Red Sox. In 2021, he had a batting average of .286.
Similarly, he hit 28 home runs while scoring 92 runs. He finished the season with 99 RBI and WAR of 3 games.
In 2021 he managed to hit three home runs in one game for three different teams. There are only four players to achieve such a feat.
In the first seven games, he had a batting average of .433. Later, his average dropped.
9. Rafael Devers
The Dominican Republic player plays for the Boston Red Sox in the MLB. Currently, he has an overall batting average of .279.
In 2021, Rafael Devers got selected for the All-Star games. Apart from that, Devers also won the Silver Slugger award.
In 2021, he finished the season with a batting average of .279. Plus, he scored 101 runs with an RBI of 113.
In his career, he reached 100 RBI for the second time. In addition, Rafael Devers has a WAR of 3.5 games.
Over the years, Rafael Devers has been a consistent player for the Red Sox team. As per his contract, he will still play for the Red Sox team.
8. Freddie Freeman
The American Baseball team, Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021. One key player in their squad was Freddie Freeman.
The All-Star player Freeman also won the Silver Slugger award in 2021. During the season, he hit 31 home runs.
He finished the season with 120 runs, 83 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. Additionally, he has a WAR of 4.7 games.
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His batting average was .300, even though he started the season with a low batting average. Freeman’s performance improved as the season went on.
Freddie’s home run against Milwaukee Brewers helped the Braves to win the match. His terrific form continued against Houston Astros in the final game also.
7. Bo Bichette
The youngest player on the list of best MLB hitters of 2023 is Bo Bichette. Bo is just 25 years old.
He is playing just his third season in the MLB. Yet, he oddly seems like a matured hitter.
In 2021, he averaged .298 while scoring 29 runs. He finished the season with 191 hits, 121 runs, 102 RBI.
Additionally, he stole 25 bases. Plus, this year, he got selected to play the All-Star games also.
6. Jose Ramirez
Another Dominican baseball player on this list is Jose Ramirez. He’s been playing for the Cleveland Indians since 2013.
The 2021 season is the best season for Jose Ramirez. Jose scored 111 runs with an average of .266.
Additionally, he stole 27 bases while hitting 36 home runs. Apart from that, his WAR is 6.7 games.
Jose’s WAR is one of the highest WAR in the MLB league. Plus, he was also selected for the All-Star game.
His overall contribution to the team makes him one of the crucial players for the Cleveland Indians. The other career highlights of Jose’s are the Silver Slugger award, 30-30 club, and All-MLB Second team.
5. Juan Soto
The fifth-best MLB hitter in 2021 is Juan Soto. He currently plays for the Washington Nationals.
Juan has been a promising player since he made his debut at the age of 20. His career batting average is .301.
In the 2021 season, Juan scored 111 runs while stealing 9 bases. In addition, he hit 29 home runs while his RBI was 95.
Juan finished the season with a batting average of .313, which is a good average. In 2021, he had a total of 145 walks.
It’s the highest number of walks by a player in the 2021 season. Since he is still very young, there’s scope for a lot more improvement. The Nationals have a contract with him till 2025.
4. Trea Turner
The fourth best hitter among the best MLB hitters in 2023 is Trea Turner. Turner currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His career batting average is .303, and he has scored 103 home runs in his career. In 2021, he managed to score 107 runs with an RBI of 77. Additionally, he stole 32 bases.
His batting average during the season was .328 while hitting 28 home runs. Plus, his WAR during the season was 6.5.
In 2021, he was selected for the All-Star games for the first time. He was also the stolen base leader, batting champion, and Hit for the cycle in 2021 alone.
3. Shohei Ohtani
The number of Japanese baseball players is negligible. However, Shohei Ohtani is one of the best hitters in the league.
Nowadays, the teams select designated hitters to compensate for pitchers who can’t bat. Shohei is both a pitcher and a designated hitter.
He initially played in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). In 2018, he moved from NPB to MLB. Since then, he has played for the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2021, he was selected for the All-Star game. Additionally, he won the Silver Slugger award. Plus, he was also the triples leader in 2021.
He batted at an average of .257 while scoring 103 runs with 100 RBI and 26 stolen bases. During the season, he hit 46 home runs.
His WAR of 9.1 games is among the top three his year.
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Another young player on this list is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Vladimir is just 24 years old.
There was always constant talk about his talent. He was regarded as one of the best emerging prospects in the MLB.
In 2021, he lived up to his potential. Firstly, he was selected for the All-Star. Secondly, he won the Hank Aaron award.
In addition to that, he won the Silver Slugger award and home run leader award.
In 2021, he hit 48 home runs while scoring at an average of .311. Guerrero Jr. scored 123 runs with 111 RBI and 4 stolen bases. He has a WAR of 6.8 games.
1. Fernando Tatis Jr.
The number one player on the list of 15 best MLB hitters in 2023 is Fernando Tatis Jr. His father, Fernando Tatis, was also an MLB player.
He is yet another emerging, young prospect in the MLB. Currently, he is just 24 years old.
Fernando Tatis Jr. was selected for the All-Star games this year. Similarly, he won the Silver Slugger award and the home run leader award.
In 2021, he scored 99 runs with 97 RBi and 25 stolen bases. Additionally, he hit 42 home runs. His WAR is 6.6 games.
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