Ohtani tops Hitter Power Rankings for third straight week

The Hitter Power Rankings are back with a fresh batch of sluggers who have been crushing the ball in the past seven days. Four new names have entered the list, but the top spot remains unchanged as Shohei Ohtani continues to amaze with his historic two-way performance.

Ohtani leads the majors with 37 home runs, six more than the next closest hitter, and has also stolen 15 bases while hitting .279/.364/.700. He’s the first player in MLB history to have 35 homers and 15 steals before August, and he’s also 5-1 with a 3.04 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 86 innings as a pitcher.

The Angels’ superstar is followed by two Braves who have been on fire lately: Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman. Acuña is second in the majors with 31 homers and leads the NL with 23 steals, while Freeman has raised his average from .229 on June 11 to .287 on July 25, hitting .374 with 13 homers and 34 RBIs in that span.

The fourth spot goes to Matt Olson, who has been the anchor of the A’s lineup with 27 homers and a .933 OPS. The first baseman has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .377 with six homers and 14 RBIs.

Juan Soto rounds out the top five after a monster week that saw him hit .500 with five homers and 11 RBIs, including a three-homer game against the Padres on Sunday. The Nationals’ slugger has raised his OPS from .847 on July 1 to .927 on July 25, showing why he’s one of the best hitters in the game.

The rest of the list features some familiar faces and some newcomers. Luis Arraez of the Twins makes his debut at No. 6 after hitting .500 with two homers and nine RBIs in six games. Mookie Betts of the Dodgers returns to the rankings at No. 7 after hitting .407 with four homers and nine RBIs in seven games.

Kyle Tucker of the Astros also makes his first appearance at No. 8 after hitting .462 with four homers and eight RBIs in six games. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers jumps from No. 10 to No. 9 after hitting .333 with three homers and seven RBIs in seven games.

The final spot goes to Triston Casas of the Red Sox, who is not a major leaguer yet but deserves recognition for his performance at the Tokyo Olympics. The 21-year-old first baseman hit three homers and drove in eight runs in four games for Team USA, helping them advance to the knockout stage.

Here are the Hitter Power Rankings for the week of July 25 – August 31

1. Shohei Ohtani (Angels)
2. Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)
3. Freddie Freeman (Braves)
4. Matt Olson (A’s)
5. Juan Soto (Nationals)
6. Luis Arraez (Twins)
7. Mookie Betts (Dodgers)
8. Kyle Tucker (Astros)
9. Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)
10. Triston Casas (Red Sox)