Shohei Ohtani, Bryce Harper, and more- MLB lockout forces these players to miss out on their primes

As we all know that MLB lockout is affecting owners as well as players. But, the most affected by the lockouts are the players who are in their prime and the fans. Let's have a look at the players who are in their prime.



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Mike Trout

Altogether, Trout has played in 39 games and put up a .293/.392/.653 slash line with an MLB-high-tying 15 home runs. He's on track for a fourth straight season of at least a 180 OPS+. Between 2017 and 2019, only one other player reached that mark so much as once.

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Young stars are taking over baseball, but there is one, in particular, playing for the San Diego Padres that is already putting historic performances at 22 years old. Fernando Tatis Jr. Is the name. He was a star from the very beginning of his career, as he slashed .317/.379/.590 with 22 home runs and 16 stolen bases in just 84 games as a 20-year-old in 2019.

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani, The ace of the Los Angeles Angels rotation also has league-leading four triples and 28 home runs. He leads all hitters with 14.8 percent barreled balls per plate appearance. Two percent is higher than Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr.


Juan Soto


Some people think Soto should have won the National League MVP award in 2020 and 2021. During the pandemic year, a positive COVID-19 test and other injuries limited him to 47 of 60 games, which likely cost him the award (he had a 201 wRC!), while he had as good of a case as Bryce Harper this past season.

Bryce Harper

Through three seasons with the Phillies, Harper has 83 home runs, 231 RBIs and a .281/.402/.555 slash line. He has the fourth highest OPS+ in baseball (152) since 2019 among hitters with at least 1,000 plate appearances. 2022 will be his age 29 season. Every team that was in the mix for Harper has had considerably more success than the Phillies.

Mookie Betts

Squarely in his prime with a complete skill set, Betts is in the discussion for the best position player in baseball not named Mike Trout. Since his debut in 2014, Betts ranks second in all of the major leagues in FanGraphs wins above replacement, trailing Trout 52.5 to 37.2. Betts is coming off a 6.6-WAR season, according to FanGraphs, which projects him for 5.9 WAR this season.

Jacob Degrom

Jacob deGrom, arguably baseball’s best pitcher, hasn’t pitched in the postseason since 2015. He’s recently won back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards before finishing third in voting last season. In 2020, he threw harder than he ever had before — cracking 100 mph many times — and expects to match that this year.


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