It’s an All-Star-studded Hitter Power Rankings

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Next Tuesday is the MLB All-Star Game at Globe Life Field in Texas (8 p.m. ET on FOX), where some of the biggest bats in baseball will square off against the nastiest arms in the sport’s annual showdown of best vs. best.

For right now, though, you can find many of those top sluggers right here in the Hitter Power Rankings. Not surprisingly, each member of our top 10 in this edition also was selected to the AL or NL All-Star team, with seven of them voted into the starting lineup by the fans.

While there wasn’t much movement at the top since our last poll, three of those All-Stars did jump into the top 10 this time around. As always, our panel considered career track record, 2024 performance and recent success in casting their votes.

Here are the latest Hitter Power Rankings, with all stats through Tuesday’s games.

1. Aaron Judge, Yankees (Last poll: 1)Judge has now finished first in four straight polls. For the first time in recent memory, he was not blistering hot entering play Wednesday (3-for-23 over his previous six games), but just gawk for a second at his numbers over the 50 games before that: .402/.512/.949 with 26 homers and 64 RBIs. That’s video game stuff, but in real life.

2. Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers (2)Ohtani has been either first or second here in five of our six editions of the Hitter Power Rankings since the start of May. He looks to be cruising toward his third MVP Award in four years despite taking an injury-induced break from two-way star status. For now, he leads the NL in homers (28), slugging (.636), OPS (1.037) and total bases (222).

3. Gunnar Henderson, Orioles (3)Henderson can’t crack the top two, but this is his third straight third-place finish. The 23-year-old has gone from second-round Draft pick out of an Alabama high school to starting in the All-Star Game in just five years. His 27 homers, all but one as a leadoff man, put him one away from his 2023 total that helped him take AL Rookie of the Year honors.

4. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (not ranked)Witt fell out of the top 10 in our last poll, but now he’s back. In his past seven games entering Wednesday, he put together a 15-for-28 (.536) burst, with three doubles, a triple and three home runs. The 24-year-old, who will join Henderson in Monday’s Home Run Derby, leads the Majors with 119 hits this season.

5. Juan Soto, Yankees (4)This is the lowest that Soto has ranked all season, on the heels of a slow couple of weeks at the plate. Despite that, he still owns a .291/.427/.547 line for the season, on his way toward leading the Majors in OBP for the third time and walks for the fourth time in a row.

6. Rafael Devers, Red Sox (not ranked)Devers is putting together another impressive season in Boston, but this is his first Hitter Power Rankings appearance of 2024. Why? One thing that may have swayed our voters was Devers’ performance on Sunday Night Baseball at Yankee Stadium, where he stunned the Bronx crowd by going 3-for-4 with a pair of homers in a 3-0 win. Since the start of last year, Devers has a 1.351 OPS, nine homers and 17 RBIs in 19 games against the Yanks.

7. Steven Kwan, Guardians (6)On a list of behemoths, Kwan (listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds) stands out for his contrasting approach. While he has powered up a bit this year, with a career-high nine homers, Kwan thrives mostly based on his elite selectivity (95th percentile in chase rate) and contact ability (100th percentile in whiff rate). He leads the race for the AL batting title by nearly 40 points.

8. Yordan Alvarez, Astros (9)There are 129 players who have come to the plate at least 2,000 times since 2019, when Alvarez made his MLB debut shortly before turning 22. Of those 129 players, Alvarez ranks fourth in batting average (.295), fifth in OBP (.388) and second to Judge in both slugging (.580) and wRC+ (164). He’s pretty close to all of those marks in 2024.

9. Bryce Harper, Phillies (5)Harper’s drop from our last poll is due to a stint on the injured list for a left hamstring strain that cost him nine games before he returned to the lineup on Tuesday. The injury cut short a huge June for Harper (.374/.452/.714), who could position himself as Ohtani’s main NL MVP challenger if he can pick up where he left off.

10. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers (not ranked)It’s easy to take Freeman for granted when he goes out there and puts up the same numbers year in and year out, but that would be a mistake. Freeman’s OPS+ this season is 157, meaning he is once again more than 50% above league average. Last season his OPS+ was 162, and the season before that it was 156. Going all the way back to 2016, it’s 151.

Others receiving votes: Marcell Ozuna (Braves), Elly De La Cruz (Reds), Christian Yelich (Brewers), Trea Turner (Phillies), Jurickson Profar (Padres), José Ramírez (Guardians), Francisco Lindor (Mets), Ketel Marte (D-backs), Carlos Correa (Twins), Brandon Nimmo (Mets), Jose Miranda (Twins), Jarren Duran (Red Sox)

Voters: David Adler, Brett Blueweiss, Scott Chiusano, Doug Gausepohl, Bryan Horowitz, Brent Maguire, Whitney McIntosh, Ricardo Montes de Oca, Arturo Pardavila, Manny Randhawa, Andrew Simon, Zac Vierra