New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is MLB’s premier power hitter these days.
He established a new American League record last year for a single season, with 62 dingers.
He had hit 39 in 2021 and also surpassed 50 in his rookie season in 2017, with 52.
In other words, there is no one with his kind of power ceiling in baseball at the moment.
As a result, he is the favorite to lead the league in the category again in 2023.
Odds to lead MLB in HRs and their total from last season:
Judge +550 (62)
Trout +850 (40)
Alonso +900 (40)
Alvarez +1000 (37)
Schwarber +1100 (46)
Vladdy Jr +1200 (32)
Riley +1300 (38)
Tatis Jr. +1400 (0)
Ohtani +1500 (34)
Olson +1900 (34)
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As you can see, Judge has the best odds among MLB hitters to pace the circuit in home runs.
After hitting 62, it’s only logical.
We can’t, however, rule out a few other prime candidates to take his spot.
Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout appears with the second-best odds.
He hit 40 round-trippers in 2022 in just under 120 games.
These days, the three-time MVP isn’t doing much running, but his power ceiling is higher than ever before.
New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso, who also had 40 home runs last season, appears with the third-best odds.
He has been a premier source of power since making his MLB debut in 2019.
He is also approaching free agency, and has every reason to keep mashing.
Houston Astros star Yordan Alvarez has the fourth-best odds to lead the league.
He is currently out of spring training games with a recurring hand injury, which affects his ranking somewhat.
If healthy, he could very well eclipse 40.
With 101 homers in the last two seasons, however, Judge is the prime candidate to finish the 2023 campaign with the most long-balls in the league.NEXT: Graphic Shows Former Yankees In New Places