MLB Power Rankings: Jose Bautista Reigns as Best in AL

Ethan Batson@battybatsContributor IMay 16, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: Jose Bautista Reigns as Best in AL

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 14: Jose Bautista #19 and Corey Patterson #16 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate a two-run home run by Bautista against the Minnesota Twins during the eleventh inning on May 14, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Blue Ja
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    April has come and gone, and the MLB season swings into May. Some were happy to see the calendar change, while others are hoping they can eclipse what the beginning of the season has meant for their stats. Last season’s home run champ continues to dominate American League pitching, while other are making adjustments to show what they can do. These are the power rankings for hitters in the AL as of May 10th

10) Alex Gordon - KC

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 17:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals connects during the game against the Seattle Mariners on April 17, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    The Royals have played good baseball so far this season, owing in large part to Alex Gordon. The left fielder out of Nebraska is hitting .309 with 3 home runs and 23 RBIs. However, if the Royals are going to be taken seriously, he will have to outhit his May .185 AVG.

9) Adam Lind - TOR

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 31:  Infielder Adam Lind #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on August 31, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    The story out of Toronto is undoubtedly Jose Bautista, but Adam Lind deserves some recognition as well. Hitting .313 with 7 home runs, Lind has been another source of power on a Toronto team that led the majors in home runs last season. He was recently injured, however, so look out for the severity of that development.

8) Adrian Gonzalez - BOS

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14:  Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox follows through on a seventh inning three run home run against the New York Yankees on May 14, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Ima
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    One of the big, off-season acquisitions for the Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez is proving he is worth his new 7-year contract. After hitting only 1 home run in April, he has nailed 3 so far in May, and his average has risen to .317, supported by 25 RBIs. If Gonzalez stays hot, look out for the Red Sox. 

7) Curtis Granderson - NYY

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:  Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox  during their game on May 15, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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    After a disappointing first season in pinstripes, in which he only hit .247, Granderson has turned it on this year. Hitting a respectable .283, Granderson has flexed his muscles, swatting 11 home runs, which is most in the American League. He has 23 RBIs to go with those homers, a number that should be higher.

6) Ben Zobrist - TB

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 11: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays trots around third base after hitting a home run off of Justin Germano #39 of the Cleveland Indians during the game on May 11, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerh
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    The surprise out of Tampa has been the performance of second baseman Ben Zobrist. While he played about to his career level in April, Zobrist is off to a scorching May, hitting .393 with an OPS over 1.000. While the hits are there, the production is falling behind, as he as yet to homer or drive in a run so far in May.

5) Howie Kendrick - LAA

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 8:  Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doubles in the eighth inning to start a three run rally to overtake and go ahead of the Cleveland Indians on May 8, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won
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    The most productive second baseman in the American League is Howie Kendrick. While his RBI total is relatively low at 14, he has hit 6 home runs, showing decent power, and maintained an average around .300 all season, currently sitting at .317. May has been good to Kendrick, batting .351, although he is in a bit of a power drought.

4) Paul Konerko - CHI

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    SEATTLE - MAY 06:  Paul Konerko #14 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 6, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 3-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Konerko is off to a roaring start to the month of May, hitting a whopping .480 in his last 8 games. The inconsistent White Sox could use as much production from Konerko as they can get, as his great season is overshadowed by the poor record the Sox are showing. The 35-year-old veteran has belted 8 home runs and knocked in 27 so far this season.

3) Michael Young - TEX

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 07:  Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo homerun against the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Texas Rangers sure are glad they have not let go of Michael Young quite yet. As a DH, he is hitting .338 with 26 RBIs. If there is a downside to what Young is doing, it is his lack of power so far. He has only 2 home runs, but his first came April 30 and the most recent on May 7. The slumping Rangers hope this is a sign he may be about to break out.

2) Miguel Cabrera - DET

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    TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 9: Miguel Cabrera #24 laughs off a strike during MLB action against the Toronto Blue Jaysat the Rogers Centre May 9, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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    While his bat has cooled off since April, the Detroit Tigers have not, winning 6 of their last 7 games. This recent success may be due to other contributors, as Cabrera is hitting only .269 so far in May. With what we've seen from Cabrera in the past, though, we shouldn't expect him to stay slumping for long.

1) Jose Bautista - TOR

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    TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 9:  Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits during MLB action against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre May 9, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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    Bautista missed 5 games due to a neck injury, so his numbers have not changed much since last week. However, in his return to the lineup Sunday, Bautista blasted a home run to show that the injury was only a minor setback. Look for the Blue Jays’ centerpiece to continue his hot hitting as one of the most dominant bats in the American League.

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