Just like the roster, Yordan Alvarez is listed just ahead of Alex Bregman on this list. No other team in the game has a left-handed hitter who can hit average and possess the level of plate discipline that Alvarez brings to the roster.
The titan hits mammoth home run after mammoth home run, playing in a home ballpark that seems built just for him.
Yordan has shown a combination of enough improvement and continued health to warrant 56 starts in left field this season and is on trend to play there full-time in 2023. An ever-improving hitter and ever-improving defenseman, there is no end in sight for its upward trajectory.
Speaking of no end in sight…
Alvarez hit the two biggest homers of the Astros’ push for the World Series in October. With as close as Seattle’s series, who knows what happened if Houston had given up Game 1 and lost home court advantage?
His titanic shot in Game 6 was the series-deciding blow. If he hadn’t gone deep, it’s entirely likely the series would have tipped in Philadelphia’s favor with Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve all injured in Games 5 and 6.
Without Yordan and his timely heroics, Houston might not have lifted the Commissioner’s Trophy this year. He’s locked in until 2028 as part of a team-friendly deal and we’re so lucky to have him in the Astros’ uniform.
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