MLB home run leaders for 2014 include a familiar group of people, but Jose Abreu is putting them all to shame right now. The rookie first baseman has become the talk of baseball as he has been putting up amazing numbers for the Chicago White Sox. As April comes to an end, he sits atop the list of the best power hitters in the game. He has 10 in his first 29 games and could easily hit the 50 plateau by the end of the year.
There are some notable names that aren't even in the top 25 for homers this season and they include Adam Dunn, David Ortiz, Carlos Gonzalez, Yoenis Cespedes, and Chris Davis. Davis has even been placed on the disabled list to try to recover from a recent injury. Maybe the most notable name absent from the top 50 in home runs is Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera. Though he is playing first base to take some stress off his legs, it hasn't improved his offense this year.
Below is the list of the top six 2014 MLB home run leaders through the games on April 30.
Jose Abreu has 10 home runs in his first 29 Major League games to lead all of baseball. He also has 32 RBI and 19 total extra base hits to show that he has been worth every penny that the Chicago White Sox put up in free agency.
Albert Pujols is back. He has nine home runs for the Los Angeles Angels this season, putting him in second place in all of baseball when it comes to homers. Pujols has also posted a .279 batting average through the first 27 games of 2014.
Jose Bautista is back to hitting home runs and he is doing it with an even better batting average. In addition to the eight home runs he has for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, he has a .295 average and .470 on-base percentage through the first 26 games.
Adrian Gonzalez is steadily putting up great numbers again for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through 26 games he has eight home runs, 23 RBIs, and a nice .313 batting average. He might just be in the race for National League MVP again.
Giancarlo Stanton has cooled off after starting out the season on fire for the Miami Marlins. He still had eight home runs and 31 RBIs to his credit though. It looks like he will certainly be starting the All-Star Game for the National League if he keeps it up.
Justin Upton is back to hitting for power and average. In his first 25 games for the Atlanta Braves this season, he has eight home runs, 18 RBIs, and a nice .326 batting average. The .400 on-base percentage has to also please his coaching staff as well.