Who are the best players in major league baseball for the 2020 season? To determine this, Viral Mag writers, analysts, contributors and insiders to determine the top 10 and rank them, voting on 200 players. For a basis of comparison, for each player, we've looked at where they ranked in 2019 -- if they made the top 100 -- as well as some additional info to consider about each going into the season.

Top 10 Best Major League Baseball (MLB) Players (2020)

10 MLB Players 2020

  • Cody Bellinger
  • Alex Bregman
  • Anthony Rendon
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Xander Bogaerts
  • Christian Yelich
  • Nolan Arenado
  • Ronald Acuña Jr.
  • Mike Trout
  • Justin Verlander

1. Cody Bellinger


Cody Bellinger

Born: 13 July 1995, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Height: 1.93 m
Home runs: 111
Batting average: .278
Salary: 11.5 million USD (2020)
Current team: Los Angeles Dodgers (#35 / First baseman)

Cody James Bellinger is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He was named an All-Star and the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2017, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2019.

Career highlights and awards

2× All-Star (2017, 2019)
All-MLB First Team (2019)
NL MVP (2019)
NL Rookie of the Year (2017)
NLCS MVP (2018)
Gold Glove Award (2019)
Silver Slugger Award (2019)
Hit for the cycle on July 15, 2017

2. Alex Bregman


Alex Bregman

Born: 30 March 1994, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height: 1.83 m
Weight: 82 kg
Salary: 599,000 USD
Current team: Houston Astros (#2 / Third baseman)
Awards: 2× All-Star (2018, 2019), All-MLB Second Team (2019), World Series champion (2017), Silver Slugger Award (2019)

Bregman made his MLB debut in July 2016. He started 2017 as the youngest member of Team USA, which won the gold medal in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and ended the season winning the 2017 World Series with the Astros. He was named MVP of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, and led the American League in doubles in 2018. In 2019 he was again an All Star, led the AL in walks and WAR, and received the 2019 American League Silver Slugger Award at third base.

3. Anthony Rendon


Anthony Rendon

Born: 6 June 1990, Richmond, Texas, United States
Nationality: American
Current team: Los Angeles Angels (#6 / Third baseman)
Batting average: .290
Salary: 2.8 million USD
Awards: All-Star (2019), All-MLB First Team (2019), World Series champion (2019), 2× Silver Slugger Award (2014, 2019), NL Comeback Player of the Year (2016), MLB RBI leader (2019), Dick Howser Trophy (2010)

Rendon is frequently described by sports media as quiet and modest, qualities that when combined with his strong all-around offensive and defensive performance as an infielder for the Washington Nationals have led some, including 2016–17 Nationals manager Dusty Baker, to dub him one of the most "underrated" players in Major League Baseball. Explaining his philosophy on baseball to The Washington Post during spring training in 2017, Rendon said, "Obviously, I want to win, but at the same time, at the end of the day, it’s a game and that’s what I’m going to treat it as." He claimed in a 2014 interview with the Post that he prefers watching the History channel to baseball, calling the sport "too long and boring".

4. Freddie Freeman


Freddie Freeman

Born: 12 September 1989, Fountain Valley, California, United States
Height: 1.96 m
Salary: 12 million USD (2016)
Current team: Atlanta Braves (#5 / First baseman)
Awards: 4× All-Star (2013, 2014, 2018, 2019), All-MLB Second Team (2019)
Gold Glove Award (2018), Silver Slugger Award (2019), Hit for the cycle on June 15, 2016

Frederick Charles Freeman is a Canadian-American professional baseball first baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. He has been with the Braves organization since he was drafted by them out of high school in 2007. He made his MLB debut in 2010 and is a four-time MLB All-Star. Freeman won his first Gold Glove Award following the 2018 season, and his first Silver Slugger Award at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

5. Xander Bogaerts


Xander Bogaerts

Born: 1 October 1992, Oranjestad, Aruba
Height: 1.85 m
Nationality: Aruban
Salary: 7.05 million USD (2018)
Current team: Boston Red Sox (#2 / Shortstop)
Awards: 2× All-Star (2016, 2019), All-MLB First Team (2019), 2× World Series champion (2013, 2018), 3× Silver Slugger Award (2015, 2016, 2019)

After being signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox in 2009, Bogaerts made his MLB debut in 2013, appearing in 30 games between the regular season and postseason, and helping the Red Sox to the World Series championship. He became the Red Sox' starting shortstop in 2014, and was awarded the American League's Silver Slugger Award at the position in back to back years, 2015 and 2016, and again in 2019.

6. Christian Yelich


Christian Yelich

Born: 5 December 1991, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Height: 1.9 m
Nationality: American
Salary: 7 million USD (2018)
Current team: Milwaukee Brewers (#22 / Right fielder)
Awards: 2× All-Star (2018, 2019), All-MLB First Team (2019), NL MVP (2018), Gold Glove Award (2014), 3× Silver Slugger Award (2016, 2018, 2019), 2× NL Hank Aaron Award (2018, 2019), 2× NL batting champion (2018, 2019), 2× Hit for the cycle (2018)

The Marlins selected Yelich in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He made his major league debut for the Marlins in 2013, and was traded to the Brewers in the 2017-18 offseason. Yelich won a Gold Glove Award in 2014, the Silver Slugger Award in 2016 and 2018, and the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 2018.

7. Nolan Arenado


Nolan Arenado

Born: 16 April 1991, Newport Beach, California, United States
Height: 1.88 m
Nationality: American
Salary: 5 million USD
Current team: Colorado Rockies (#28 / Third baseman)
Awards: 5× All-Star (2015–2019), 7× Gold Glove Award (2013–2019), 3×
Platinum Glove Award (2017–2019), 4× Silver Slugger Award (2015–2018), 3× Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (2015–2017), 3× NL home run leader (2015, 2016, 2018), 2× NL RBI leader (2015, 2016), Hit for the cycle on June 18, 2017

During his minor league career, Arenado was a two-time All-Star Futures Game selection, and led the minor leagues in RBI in 2011 with 155 over 163 total games. In 2016, Arenado became the youngest player in Rockies franchise history to reach 100 home runs. He played for the United States national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC), winning Team USA's first gold medal in a WBC tournament. He hit for the cycle on June 18, 2017, and became the sixth player in history to finish off such a performance with a walk-off home run. In 2017, he became the 11th major leaguer and first third baseman in history to drive in 130 or more runs in three successive seasons.

8. Ronald Acuña Jr.


Ronald Acuña Jr.

Born: 18 December 1997, La Guaira, Venezuela
Height: 1.83 m
Weight: 82 kg
Nationality: Venezuelan
Current team: Atlanta Braves (#13 / Left fielder)
Awards: All-Star (2019), All-MLB Second Team (2019), NL Rookie of the Year (2018), Silver Slugger Award (2019), NL stolen base leader (2019), 30–30 club (2019)

Ronald José Acuña Blanco Jr. is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut in 2018, and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The next season, Acuña was named an MLB All-Star, and won his first Silver Slugger Award.

9. Mike Trout


Mike Trout

Born: 7 August 1991, Vineland, New Jersey, United States
Height: 1.88 m
Salary: 33.25 million USD (2018)
Current team: Los Angeles Angels (#27 / Center fielder)
Awards: 8× All-Star (2012–2019), All-MLB First Team (2019), 3× AL MVP (2014, 2016, 2019), AL Rookie of the Year (2012), 7× Silver Slugger Award (2012–2016, 2018, 2019), 2× AL Hank Aaron Award (2014, 2019), AL RBI leader (2014), AL stolen base leader (2012), 30–30 club (2012), Hit for the cycle on May 21, 2013

Michael Nelson Trout is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. Trout is an eight-time MLB All-Star, three-time American League Most Valuable Player, and is a seven-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award. He is nicknamed "the Millville Meteor".

10. Justin Verlander


Justin Verlander

Born: 20 February 1983, Manakin, Virginia, United States
Height: 1.96 m
Salary: 28 million USD (2016)
Current team: Houston Astros (#35 / Pitcher)
Awards: 8× All-Star (2007, 2009–2013, 2018, 2019), All-MLB First Team (2019), World Series champion (2017), AL MVP (2011), 2× AL Cy Young Award (2011, 2019), Triple Crown (2011), AL Rookie of the Year (2006), ALCS MVP (2017), 3× MLB wins leader (2009, 2011, 2019), AL ERA leader (2011)
5× AL strikeout leader (2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018), Pitched three no-hitters (2007, 2011, 2019), 3,000 strikeout club

Verlander is an eight-time MLB All-Star, and has led the AL in strikeouts five times, and in wins twice. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2006, and in 2007 pitched the first no-hitter at Comerica Park, versus the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, he led the AL in wins and strikeouts, both for the first time. Verlander produced his most successful season in 2011, including his second career no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays. By season's end, Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown, the AL Cy Young Award unanimously, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year Award. In 2019, Verlander had his first career 300-strikeout season and won his second Cy Young award.

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