Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown: 10 Current MLB Players with Triple Crown Potential

John Nizinski@@jniz73Analyst IIIOctober 4, 2012

Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown: 10 Current MLB Players with Triple Crown Potential

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    Miguel Cabrera has won the first Triple Crown in 45 years. He had an unbelievable season: He led the American League in batting average, homers and RBI, while also helping his team get into the playoffs.

    Cabrera has been one of the best hitters in baseball pretty much since coming up to the majors. It seemed almost inevitable that he would win a Triple Crown. His ability to hit for both average and power could even put him in line to win another in the future.

    As rare as it is, there are some players in baseball that have Triple Crown potential. It is very difficult to predict, but here is a look at some players, not including Cabrera, that could possibly win a Triple Crown.

Andrew McCutchen

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    Andrew McCutchen had an unbelievable season, almost leading the Pirates into the playoffs. He has emerged as one of the best players in baseball.

    This season, McCutchen hit .327 with 31 HR and 96 RBI. He is only 25 years old, and as he enters his prime, those numbers could potentially get even better.

    If he continues to improve, McCutchen could be in the Triple Crown discussion very soon.

Ryan Braun

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    You could make a strong case for Ryan Braun being the best overall player in baseball right now. After the whole steroid fiasco that went on after last season, Braun had another huge year.

    While his reputation might have taken a hit when he was linked to PEDs, Braun almost led his team into the postseason and was in the top three of the Triple Crown categories in the National League.

    Braun ended the season hitting .319 with 41 HR and 112 RBI.

    I think Braun has the best chance out of anyone on this list to win a Triple Crown.

Buster Posey

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    Buster Posey had an incredible first full season following his leg injury. He is absolutely my NL MVP winner.

    Posey hit .336 with 24 HR and 103 RBI. He is 25 years old and is about to enter his prime.

    It will be interesting to see whether Posey can get his home run numbers up enough to potentially win a Triple Crown.

    If Posey spends more time at a position other than catcher, it would give him more time on the field and a better chance at winning it.

Matt Kemp

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    Matt Kemp shot out of a cannon to start the season, but injuries hurt his season.

    In April, Kemp hit .417 with 12 HR and 25 RBI. Overall, Kemp finished at .303 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. It would have been interesting to see what Kemp's numbers would have been had he not gotten hurt.

    Either way, Kemp's pure talent makes him a Triple Crown threat. He hits for both power and average in a Dodgers lineup that should only improve in the future under its new owners.

Albert Pujols

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    You might be down on Albert Pujols and think he doesn't belong on this list due to the slow start he got off to in his first season with the Angels this year.

    Believe it or not, he still ended the season with 30 homers and 105 RBI.

    Pujols still has Triple Crown potential. Expect a bounce-back season next year, as there will be less pressure on him and he will be more comfortable.

    In the second half of the season (69 games), Pujols hit .305 with 16 HR and 54 RBI. Also, in the months of June, July and August, he hit a combined .323.

    Pujols has been a Triple Crown contender several times in his career and is still a threat to win.

Adam Jones

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    The Baltimore Orioles are one of the best stories this season, and they were led by their stud center fielder, Adam Jones.

    Jones hit .287 with 32 HR and 82 RBI. While those numbers may not jump out at you, you can see when you watch him that Jones has the potential to put up Triple Crown numbers.

    Now that the Orioles are a legitimate playoff team, that could be beneficial to Jones and help his stats improve.

Mike Trout

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    Arguably the biggest story of the season this year was rookie phenom Mike Trout. He burst onto the scene and became the clear-cut favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award, and he's probably going to finish second in AL MVP voting.

    Trout hits for contact and power, has speed and plays an unbelievable center field.

    This season Trout hit .326 with 30 HR, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases.

    After his rookie season, Trout proved that not only does he have Triple Crown potential, he also has Quadruple Crown potential (BA, HR, RBI, SB).

Prince Fielder

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    The other half of the "Miggy and Biggie" combination in Detroit has the potential to win a Triple Crown award as well.

    Prince Fielder had a solid first season with the Tigers. He hit .313 with 30 HR and 108 RBI. Fielder proved he can hit for a high average this season, and he has also led the league in home runs and RBI in his career.

    Fielder's career highs per category are .313 BA, 50 HR and 141 RBI.

    If Fielder could combine hitting for average with his power for one season, he could definitely have a shot at winning a Triple Crown.

Bryce Harper

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    Bryce Harper's rookie campaign was overshadowed by the unbelievable season of Mike Trout. Harper ended the year hitting .270 with 22 HR and 59 RBI in 139 games.

    Those are very impressive numbers for a rookie, especially one who is only 19 years of age.

    As he gets older and more experienced in the big leagues, his numbers should only increase. His impressive rookie season leaves him as a potential Triple Crown winner in the future.

Robinson Cano

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    Robinson Cano is clearly one of the best all-around players in baseball and has the sweetest swing.

    Cano hit .313 with 33 HR and 94 RBI in what was probably a "down year" for him.

    He is in the middle of his prime, and it just seems like he is eventually going to have a huge season in which he hits .320 with 40 HR and 120 RBI.

    As long as Cano is on the Yankees and playing half his games at Yankee Stadium, the potential for a Triple Crown is going to be there.