Off the bat, let’s disclose that the most noticeable omissions may be Ichiro Suzuki, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Ichiro, a freak of nature who continues to turn in productive at-bats at age 45. Ichiro is a masterful hitter, but has always been mostly a singles hitter.
The players below have wreaked quite a bit more havoc, launching baseballs out of the yard and deep into the gaps. Indeed, “fearsome” connotes a bit more — a guy who will make you pay for any mistake and torment you, often in big moments. It feels a bit too soon to put the uber-talented Trout and Harper in the same class, although they’re on their way. Incredibly they’re both still just 25 years old and 24, respectively. It would help Trout if the Angels were more competitive and gave him a chance to shine in October. Without further ado, here’s the 8 most fearsome since ‘00.