Baseball fans are eagerly awaiting for the season to begin, so here are 3 of the best young MLB players to watch in 2017.
The 2016 MLB season saw a number of bright young players emerge as future superstars. The new season is set to begin in just a few months, so let’s take a look at a few of the top young MLB players to watch in 2017.
25-year-old Mike Trout reached his true potential in 2016. The Los Angeles Angels Center Fielder was named the American League MVP twice, and the 2016 “sportsman of the year” by Sporting News. There may be no other player in the MLB with as much hype as Trout, and many baseball analysts predict he will look even better in 2017.
Over 159 games in 2016, Trout lead the MLB with total walks (116), runs scored (123), and on-base percentage (.441). He is as impressive at bat as he is at center field, and is considered to be one of the keys to the Angels’ defense.
Despite the incredible performance from Trout in 2016, the Angels failed to make the playoffs. They will be looking to change that in 2017, though most online sportsbooks in the US list them as a considerable underdog to win the 2017 World Series. Intertops lists their odds to win at 81.00. Mike Trout still has plenty of time to grow into his career, but he is without a doubt one of the top MLB players to watch in 2017.
The third baseman for the Colorado Rockies has emerged as one of the MLB’s most promising players. Nolan Arenado made US gambling news by becoming the 1st third baseman in MLB history to win 4 Gold Gloves in their first 4 seasons as a player. He was 2nd in total homeruns in both 2015 and 2016, and led the National League in total games played.
The one problem with Arenado is that he plays for the most geographically isolated teams in the entire league. Nonetheless, he was incredible as a batter, and maybe even more impressive defensively at 3rd base.
Nolan Arenado is one of the top young MLB players to watch in 2017 due to his well-rounded game. He has already set the franchise record as the youngest player to hit 100 homeruns, and seems poised to set another record in the upcoming season. Intertops lists the Colorado Rockies’ odds to win the World Series at 51.00.
Noah “Thor” Syndergaard is the current starting pitcher for the New York Mets, and is now considered to be one of the best players in the league. Synergaard has arguably the best fastball in the MLB right now, which has helped him to accumulate an impressive ERA of 2.89.
After a brief tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays, Syndergaard joined the Mets and helped his team reach the World Series in 2015. It was not until 2016 that “Thor” truly showed what he’s capable of, and he ended the season as one of the top candidates for the Cy Young award.
Not only is Syndergaard one of the top MLB players to watch in 2017, he is also one of the most likable players in the league. The Mets are considered to be a dark horse to win the World Series in 2017, with odds of 17.00.
Who do you think are the top MLB players to watch in 2017? Will any of the players we listed win the MVP award this year? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check out Intertops for a full list of MLB betting odds!