Our MLB March Madness Hitter’s Bracket

 

In the spirit of March Madness, below is a 64-person, single elimination tournament between the 64 most valuable hitters in the MLB based on Fangraph’s WAR. Each individual seeding was randomly generated, and winner is noted in bold.

Round 1

Game 1, 1 vs. 64: Carlos Correa vs. Josh Reddick

Game 2, 32 vs. 33: Josh Donaldson vs. Dee Gordon

Game 3, 16 vs. 49: Bryce Harper vs. Lorenzo Cain

Game 4, 17 vs. 48: Eugenio Suarez vs. Anthony Rizzo

Game 5, 8 vs. 57: Aaron Hicks vs. Avisail Garcia

Game 6, 25 vs. 40: Giancarlo Stanton vs. Cesar Hernandez

Game 7, 9 vs. 56: Christian Yelich vs. Jose Abreu

Game 8, 24 vs. 41: Joey Votto vs. Aaron Judge

Game 9, 4 vs. 61: Brett Gardner vs. Corey Seager

Game 10, 29 vs. 36: Freddie Freeman vs. Marcell Ozuna

Game 11, 13 vs. 52: Steven Souza Jr. vs. J.D. Martinez

Game 12, 20 vs. 45: Daniel Murphy vs. Anthony Rendon

Game 13, 5 vs. 60: Kris Bryant vs. Marwin Gonzalez

Game 14, 28 vs. 37: Elvis Andrus vs. Paul Goldschmidt

Game 15, 12 vs. 53: Justin Upton vs. Logan Morrison

Game 16, 21 vs. 44: Justin Turner vs. Byron Buxton

Game 17, 2 vs. 63: Didi Gregorius vs. Kyle Seager

Game 18, 31 vs. 34: Brian Dozier vs. Eric Hosmer

Game 19, 15 vs. 50: Mike Zunino vs. Charlie Blackmon

Game 20, 18 vs. 47: Chris Taylor vs. Tommy Pham

Game 21, 18 vs. 47: Buster Posey vs. Justin Smoak

Game 22, 26 vs. 39: Jed Lowrie vs. Mookie Betts

Game 2310 vs. 55: Francisco Lindor vs. Jonathan Schoop

Game 24, 23 vs. 42: Travis Shaw vs. Zack Cozart

Game 25, 3 vs. 62: J.T. Realmuto vs. Nelson Cruz

Game 26, 30 vs. 35: Ryan Zimmerman vs. Nolan Arenado

Game 27, 14 vs. 51: Michael Conforto vs. Andrew McCutchen

Game 28, 19 vs. 46: Cody Bellinger vs. George Springer

Game 29, 6 vs. 59: Mike Trout vs. Tim Beckham

Game 30, 27 vs. 38: Andrelton Simmons vs. Jose Altuve

Game 31, 11 vs. 54: Domingo Santana vs. Alex Bregman

Game 32, 23 vs. 43: Jose Ramirez vs. Gary Sanchez

 

Round 2

Game 33, 8 vs. 25: Carlos Correa vs. Josh Donaldson

Game 34, 16 vs. 48: Bryce Harper vs. Anthony Rizzo

Game 35, 8 vs. 25: Aaron Hicks vs. Giancarlo Stanton

Game 36, 56 vs. 24: Jose Abreu vs. Joey Votto

Game 37, 61 vs. 36: Corey Seager vs. Marcell Ozuna

Game 38, 52 vs. 20: J.D. Martinez vs. Anthony Rendon

Game 39, 5 vs. 37: Kris Bryant vs. Paul Goldschmidt

Game 40, 12 vs. 21: Justin Upton vs. Justin Turner

Game 41, 2 vs. 31: Didi Gregorius vs. Brian Dozier

Game 42, 50 vs. 47: Charlie Blackmon vs. Tommy Pham

Game 43, 7 vs. 39: Buster Posey vs. Mookie Betts

Game 44, 10 vs. 42: Francisco Lindor vs. Zack Cozart

Game 45, 62 vs. 35: Nelson Cruz vs. Nolan Arenado

Game 46, 14 vs. 46: Michael Conforto vs. George Springer

Game 47, 6 vs. 38: Mike Trout vs. Jose Altuve

Game 48, 54 vs. 22: Alex Bregman vs. Jose Ramirez

 

Round 3

Game 49, 1 vs. 16: Carlos Correa vs. Bryce Harper

Game 50, 25 vs. 24: Giancarlo Stanton vs. Joey Votto

Game 51, 51 vs. 20: Corey Seager vs. Anthony Rendon

Game 52, 37 vs. 21: Paul Goldschmidt vs. Justin Turner

Game 53, 31 vs. 50: Brian Dozier vs. Charlie Blackmon

Game 54, 39 vs. 10: Mookie Betts vs. Francisco Lindor

Game 55, 35 vs. 46: Nolan Arenado vs. George Springer

Game 56, 6 vs. 22: Mike Trout vs. Jose Ramirez

 

Round 4

Game 57, 16 vs. 24: Bryce Harper vs. Joey Votto

Game 58, 61 vs. 21: Corey Seager vs. Paul Goldschmidt

Game 59, 50 vs. 39: Charlie Blackmon vs. Mookie Betts

Game 60, 35 vs. 6: Nolan Arenado vs. Mike Trout

 

Semifinals

Game 61, 24 vs. 21: Joey Votto vs. Paul Goldschmidt

Game 62, 50 vs. 6: Charlie Blackmon vs. Mike Trout

 

Finals

Game 63, 21 vs. 6: Joey Votto vs. Mike Trout

While it may not be a huge surprise that Trout came out on top, his road to the championship was not easy, having to go through Jose Altuve, Jose Ramirez, Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Joey Votto. Of all the players, the toughest draws were for Altuve and Aaron Judge, who despite finishing 1-2 in the AL MVP vote both failed to make it to the second round of the tournament.

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