Hit List: Predicting the Top 25 Sluggers in the 2011 MLB Season

Steven Elonich@@TheMainSteventCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2011

Hit List: Predicting the Top 25 Sluggers in the 2011 MLB Season

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a solo homer in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2010 was recorded as the Year of the Pitcher. Now the hitters of the league are looking for their turn. Here I will list 25 of the best hitters in the league for the 2011 baseball season and my predicted statistics for them. It is not necessarily a ranking of best to worst and should be taken more for the predictions than the order they are listed in.

25. Jason Heyward

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 01:  Jason Heyward #22 of the Atlanta Braves hits a 2nd inning double during a Spring Training game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    22 HR

    92 RBI

    .306 Avg.

24. Buster Posey

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 08:  Buster Posey #28 San Francisco Giants swings at a pitch against the Seattle Mariners during the spring training baseball game against at Peoria Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    24 HR

    80 RBI

    .315 Avg

23. Matt Holliday

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    NEW YORK - JULY 27:  Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action against the New York Mets during their game on July 27, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    34 HR

    104 RBI

    .309 Avg.

22. Jose Reyes

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Jose Reyes #7   of the New York Mets strikes out against the Atlanta Braves at Digital Domain Park on February 26, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    15 HR

    78 RBI

    .300 Avg.

21. Joe Mauer

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 12: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins runs towards first base after hitting an RBI double in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox during the Twins home opener at Target Field on April 12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (
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    13 HR

    81 RBI

    .329 Avg

20. Alex Rodriguez

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees bats against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 22, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    30 HR

    110 RBI

    .275 Avg.

19. Matt Kemp

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    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Matt Kemp #27 of the  Los Angeles Dodgers at bat during spring training at Camelback Ranch on February 27, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    29 HR

    92 RBI

    .261 Avg.

18. Prince Fielder

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    ATLANTA - JULY 15:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    31 HR

    91 RBI

    .267 Avg.

17. Ryan Zimmerman

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    PHOENIX - AUGUST 04:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals at bat during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 4, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 7-2.  (Photo b
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    27 HR

    91 RBI

    .308 Avg.

16. Dan Uggla

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    KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 01:  Dan Uggla #26 of the Atlanta Braves bats  during a Spring Training game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    31 HR

    111 RBI

    .284 Avg.

15. Ryan Howard

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    CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 06:  First baseman Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his second inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at Bright House Field on March 6, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida
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    32 HR

    108 RBI

    .279 Avg.

14. Mark Teixeira

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees hits a broken bat ground out to the shortstop in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October
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    33 HR

    109 RBI

    .276 Avg.

13. Robinson Cano

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Infielder Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Pho
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    30 HR

    99 RBI

    .321 Avg.

12. David Wright

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Third baseman David Wright #5 bats against the Atlanta Braves at Digital Domain Park on February 26, 2011 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    34 HR

    107 RBI

    .286 Avg.

11. Josh Hamilton

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    34 HR

    109 RBI

    .341 Avg.

10. Jose Bautista

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    DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Infielder Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Detroit Tigers February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    46 HR

    116 RBI

    .270 Avg.

9. Carl Crawford

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    FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  :  :  :  Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Boston Red Sox Photo Day on February 20, 2011 at the Boston Red Sox Player Development Complex in Ft. Myers, Florida  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Image
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    18 HR

    91 RBI

    .309 Avg.

8. Ryan Braun

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    ATLANTA - JULY 15:  Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on July 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    27 HR

    107 RBI

    .310 Avg.

7. Joey Votto

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11:  Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a RBI single during the first inning of the spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty
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    40 HR

    125 RBI

    .327 Avg.

6. Adrian Gonzalez

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    FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Boston Red Sox Photo Day on February 20, 2011 at the Boston Red Sox Player Development Complex in Ft. Myers, Florida  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    34 HR

    107 RBI

    .302 Avg.

5. Troy Tulowitzki

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    PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 02:  Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies at bat against the San Diego Padres during spring training at Peoria Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    29 HR

    101 RBI

    .318 Avg.

4. Evan Longoria

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23:  Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a double in the sixth-inning against the New York Yankees  on September 23, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    27 HR

    108 RBI

    .306 Avg.

3. Hanley Ramirez

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    VIERA, FL - MARCH 02:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins bats during a Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    24 HR

    88 RBI

    .314 Avg.

2. Miguel Cabrera

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    NEW YORK - AUGUST 18:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits his second solo home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 18, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    40 HR

    120 RBI

    .333 Avg.

Albert Pujols

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    45 HR

    126 RBI

    .318 Avg.