MLB Power Rankings: Twins look like World Series contender

Tim Kelly
August 05, 2020 - 3:09 pm

By homering in his first at-bat back from paternity leave Tuesday, Mike Trout likely signaled that he's unlikely to relinquish the title as the best player in the sport. However, he may have some competition in the form of New York Yankees' right fielder Aaron Judge.

Judge, now 28, saw his streak of five consecutive games with a home run snapped in a Monday night victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, but still went 2-4. 35 at-bats is a small sample size, but Judge is hitting .314 and already has six home runs and 14 RBIs in 2020.

After two injury-riddled seasons, Judge appears as though he may be back in the form he was in his rookie season of 2016, when he slugged 52 home runs, en route to winning the American League Rookie of the Year and finishing runner up to Jose Altuve for league MVP.

Not only has Judge had a hot start to the season, but Giancarlo Stanton launched two tape-measure home runs in the team's opening weekend series against the Washington Nationals. DJ LeMahieu is hitting .412 after a bout with COVID-19 earlier this summer. Oh, and offseason signee Gerrit Cole has more than held up his end of the bargain thus far, as he's 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA.

If Aaron Boone's squad aren't the World Series favorites, they're pretty damn close. Here's how the Yankees compare to rest of the league in our latest RADIO.COM Sports MLB Power Rankings:

JaCoby Jones is off to a hot start for the Tigers. Photo credit (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Madison Bumgarner has struggled through his first three starts in 2020. Photo credit (Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Christian Yelich is off to a brutal start. Photo credit (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Zack Greinke is one of the few healthy arms the Astros employ. Photo credit (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Mike Soroka will miss the rest of the 2020 season. Photo credit (Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Nelson Cruz and the Twins are off to a hot start. Photo credit (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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