Latinos Are Growing In The MLB And These Players Are Dominating The Season
Baseball is one of the most diverse sports leagues and Latinos currently make up almost 29 percent of the league. So, it’s no surprise how many talented players are represented within the Latino players dominating America’s favorite pastime. Here are some of the Latino players making waves this season and making their names known across the major league.
1. Nolan Arenado
Arenado is turning heads and making his case for best 3rd baseman in baseball. The 27-year-old star’s parents are of Cuban and Puerto Rican nationality and has quickly become one of baseballs biggest stars. His stats this year prove his career is just taking off at the right time.
2. Kenley Jansen
Born in Curaçaoa, Kenley Jansen is one of the premier pitchers in baseball and has steadily improved every year since his major league debut in 2010. Jansen will be key for the Dodgers if they want to make a return to the World Series.
3. Wilson Contreras
The Venezuelan catcher is a big reason the Chicago Cubs are leading their division. Contreras is playing in his second major league season and has shown he has a big career ahead of him. He struggled his first season putting up offensive numbers but this year he’s turned it around.
4. J.D. Martinez
The big offseason acquisition for the Boston Red Sox has payed off quickly as J.D Martinez is having arguably the best season of his career. I think It’s safe to say Martinez is just getting started with his hot bat this season.
5. Jean Segura
Jean Segura had to wait five years to make another All-Star appearance but with his performance this season he has more than earned the honor. It wasn’t easy for Segura either, as the Puerto-Rican shortstop was part of the final-vote contest where fans voted in the last player on each All-Star team.
6. Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz is one of the most feared hitters in baseball because of his homerun power and this season is no different. The Dominican Republic outfielder has had an amazing season.
7. Jose Altuve
The star shortstop for the World Champion Houston Astros hasn’t missed a beat this year as he has put up another All-Star season. The inspiring Venezuelan was AL MVP last year might not be the tallest player but he surely has the biggest heart.
8. Jesus Aguilar
The Venezuelan slugger is making his name known across the major leagues as he has put a stellar offensive season so far. Aguilar won the NL Final Vote to make his first All-Star team this year and is deserving of the honor. He slugged 24 homeruns and 70 RBI’s in the first half of the season and is poised to have an even stronger finish.
9. Javier Báez
Javier Baez was a key member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs team that won a World Series and has since turned himself into one of the premier players in all of baseball. Baez, who was born in Puerto Rico, was the starting shortstop for the All-Star game for the second year in a row.
10. Yadier Molina
Molina has been one of the best catchers in baseball for over a decade and this season has been no different. Molina has been an All-Star for nine seasons and is constantly regarded as one of the smartest players in the league. The Puerto Rican catcher has put up strong numbers this season again as he enters his 14th season in baseball.
11. Ozzie Albies
You’ve probably never heard of Ozzie Albies before and that’s due to him starting the season in the minor leagues. Fast forward a few months later and he has become on the fastest rising stars in all of baseball. The 21-year-old second baseman from Curaçaoa had 20 homeruns and 55 RBI’s in just 3 months in the major leagues.
12. Salvador Perez
The Venezuelan native has commanded respect from across the major leagues for his strong bat and his voice in the locker room for over five seasons. This year is no different as Perez has put up another strong season as the starting catcher of the Kansas City Royals.
13. Manny Machado
The Baltimore Orioles third baseman has arguably had the best year of his career this season. He made his fourth All-Star game this year and did this amid rumors he would be traded to another team.
14. Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez is coming off a breakout season and it has carried over to 2018. The Dominican star made his second All-Star team and is set to hit career highs this season. Ramirez will be a key part of the Cleveland Indians success this season if they are to return to the playoffs once again.
15. Francisco Lindor
Few players are as cool and clutch as Francisco Lindor yet the Cleveland Indians shortstop is just getting his career started. The 24-year-old shortstop is one of the brightest players in baseball due to his hustle and strong bat. The Puerto Rican native made his mark on the league and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
16. George Springer
He was a big contributor to the Houston Astros last season as they captured their first world title and has helped put his team in a good position to repeat. He won the World Series MVP and captured a Silver Slugger award for his great season last year and the Puerto Rican native has continued that success. He played in his second All-Star game this year due to his hot bat.
17. Luis Severino
Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Luis Severino has lived up to the hype since his debut back in 2015. The starting pitcher is already being regarded as one of the best young talents in the game due to his fastball and good curveball. Keep your eyes on this young stud, there is no telling how good he can be this season.
18. Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman, also nicknamed the Cuban Missle, is the last guy you want to face at the end of the game due to his fastball which constantly hits 100 MPH. Chapman has quickly become one of the best relievers in baseball and will be appearing in his fifth All-Star game this season. He is third in the American League with 26 saves and is putting up another great season.
19. Eugenio Suarez
This has been a breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds shortstop as he made his first All-Star game this season. The Venezuelan star came out of nowhere this year for the Reds and has put up some of the best numbers on his team.
20. Edwin Diaz
The closer for the Seattle Mariners has become a force to be reckoned with. Diaz, who is from Puerto Rico, might not be a household name but he has been a big reason why the Mariners are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.