Last year, Aaron Judge finished the MLB season with 39 home runs. It was his best year for hitting the long ball since 2017 when Judge led Major League Baseball with 52 home runs. With 52 games down in the 2022 MLB season, the New York Yankees outfielder has connected for an MLB leading 21 homers. No other player is close to Judge in home runs. The three players who are tied for second in homers – Mookie Betts, Yordan Alvarez and Pete Alonso have all hit 16 loopers.
The 2021 home run leaders were Salvador Perez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Both players connected for 48 homers. Guerrero, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, is in the mix this season with 13. Perez, who plays for the Kansas City Royals, only has eight home runs in 2022.
2022 MLB Home Run leader picks
|To Lead MLB In Home Runs in 2022|
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In the preseason projections for who will hit the most home runs in MLB in 2022, Aaron Judge came in a respectable fifth with a projected total of 38 homers. Suffice it to say that Judge, who already has 21 home runs — barring a total collapse or season-ending injury — is going to crush that number. With the way he is performing right now, Judge, who is hitting a career-high .313 with a career-high OPS of 1.059, is projected to connect for a whopping 63 home runs in 2022. The last player to hit more than 60 home runes in a season was Barry Bonds in 2001 with 73. The last player to get close to 60 was Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 for the Miami Marlins in 2017.
There is a good chance the city of New York could be home to the two players with the most home runs in 2022. Judge would represent the New York Yankees and the American League. Pete Alonso would be the National League rep for the New York Mets. Alonso has 16 homers in 57 games and is hitting .282 with an OPS of .906.
Alonso is no stranger to leading the league in home runs. He hit 53 in in 2019 to lead the league. His second best year came last season when he connected for 37 homers.
Mookie Betts has never led the majors in home runs. He has been a solid hitter throughout his career with the Boston Red Sox and now the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his best year in hitting the ball out of the park came in 2018 when he connected for 32 homers. That number put him 21st in the league, far off the pace of Kris Davis, who lead the majors with 48 while playing for the Oakland A’s. This season, Betts has 16 home runs in 52 games. He is hitting .303 with an OPS of .976. If Betts keeps up his pace for the rest of the year, he should have a career best 47 home runs when the season comes to a close.
Health is a bit of a concern when it comes to Aaron Judge, but he played in 148 games last year and this season he has played in 52 of the Yankees 54 games. With that, things are looking pretty bright on that front. If Judge can stay on the field and come close to keeping the pace he is on right now, he should run away with the 2022 MLB home run title.
Pick: Aaron Judge to lead MLB in home runs in 2022.
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