Can You Identify These Current MLB Stars From a Photo of Their Face?

Daniel Yetman

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About This Quiz

You might recognize all these players from their batting stance or number, but do you think you can name them from their face alone? 

There are so many young players currently in the league that was difficult to select only 40 stars for this quiz. However, we tried to include players who have consistently proven themselves as elite rather than one season wonders. 

When you think about the best player over the past ten years, who do you think of? If you were looking at the decade before last, many people would say Albert Pujols. However, since then Mike Trout seems like the logical choice. He's already taken home the MVP award twice and is the front-runner for 2019. The lowest he's ever finished in the MVP was fourth. How's that for consistency?

When it comes to pitchers, it's pretty easy to make a case for Clayton Kershaw being the best in the league since 2010. He's won more than 20 games twice, has never had a losing record, and has a career 2.41 ERA through 12 seasons. Oh, and did we mention he won the Cy Young three times and the MVP once?

Ready to see how well you can guess the names of all these MLB players? Then what are you waiting for?

Which of these catchers do you see here?

J.T. was one of the Phillies' premier pickups before the 2019 season along with Bryce Harper. He hasn't disappointed so far with his new club. At the time of writing, he was hitting .280 with 19 home runs through 118 games.

Which of these players is this?

Tommy Pham has put up at least 20 home runs the last three seasons and has a combined 53 stolen bases since 2017. He has a career OPS of .849 split between his time with the Cardinals and Rays.

Can you name this young Phillies slugger?

Rhys Hoskins is only in his second full season in the MLB, but he's already made an impact with the Phillies. In 2018, he hit 34 home runs with 96 RBIs. His 2019 home run total may have taken a small step back, but he's still sitting on a .854 OPS through 120 games.

Any idea who this face belongs to?

Jay Bruce has broken the 100 RBI barrier twice in his career. He has also hit more than 20 home runs every year since 2008 except for 2014 and 2018. Since getting traded to the Phillies, he has hit .250 with 10 home runs.

Can you name this young superstar?

Through his first two seasons, Soto has had at least 70 RBIs and 22 home runs. He's still only 20 years old, so expect him to continue to get better over the next few seasons. It's hard to believe he could potentially still be in the league in 2040!

Who was the 2018 AL RBI leader?

J.D. Martinez hit a career high 130 RBIs in 2018. He also finished the year with 43 home runs. For most players, that would also be a career high, but Martinez hit 45 home runs in 2017 with the Tigers and Diamondbacks

Do you recognize this solid AL hitter?

Trey Mancini has quietly been putting together a solid career with the Orioles. Through his first 119 games in 2019, he already has a career-high .877 OPS and 29 home runs. Since 2016, he's averaged an OPS of .806.

What's the name of this Astro star?

Alex Bregman elevated his game from good player to elite in 2018 when he finished with 103 RBIs and 31 home runs. He's already broken the 30 home run barrier through 120 games in 2019 with a career-high .970 OPS.

What's the name of this perennial MVP candidate?

Paul Goldschmidt has been one of the most consistent National League hitters since 2011. How does a career .917 OPS sound? He's been having a bit of a down year in 2019, but is still on pace for more than 30 home runs.

Do you know the name of this hard hitter?

Kyle Schwarber is your classic slugger. You can pencil him in for about a .230 batting average and 30 home runs per season. He missed almost all of the 2016 season, but since then he's hit at least 26 home runs per year.

Which of these players recently signed a $300 million contract?

Bryce Harper had his most dominant season in 2015 when he took home the NL MVP award. He finished the year with a .330 average, 42 home runs and a staggering 1.109 OPS. His career .866 was enough to snag him a $300 million contract with the Phillies.

He came into the league as a 20 year old and has been dominant ever since. Who is he?

Rafael Devers has been breaking out in the 2019 season. Through the first 123 games, he already has 27 home runs and is hitting .332. His career OPS through his first three seasons is .853.

Who's this shortstop with a career .820 OPS?

Before the 2019 season, there was a lot of excitement about where Manny Machado would sign as a free agent. In his first season with the Padres, he has 26 home runs through his first 122 games.

Do you know who this beard belongs to?

Over the past nine seasons, Blackmon has a career batting average of .305 and a career OPS of .871. He hit a career-high 37 home runs with a .331 average in 2017 and finished fifth in the MVP voting.

Can you recognize this powerful third baseman?

Rendon has quietly become what of the best hitters in the National League. Through 110 games in 2019, he has a .997 OPS. Over the last two seasons, he finished with a .909 OPS and .937 OPS.

Who's this speedy shortstop?

Andrus put up a career-high 20 home runs in 2017. Like most shortstops, he's better known for his speed than his power. He has swiped more than 20 bases every year since 2009 except for 2019.

Any idea who this is?

Few players can say they've hit more than 30 home runs five years in a row. However, that's exactly what Arenado did from 2015 to 2019 while racking up a career .293 batting average.

What's the name of this center fielder?

Starling Marte has played well since coming into the league in 2012, but he's been hitting more long balls over the past two seasons. He already has a career-high 21 after playing 113 games in 2019.

Do you know the name of this hurler?

Gerrit Cole has a career 3.30 ERA over seven seasons split between the Pirates and Astros. His best year came in 2015 with the Pirates when he finished with 19 wins and a 2.60 ERA over 32 starts.

Who's this former Cy Young winner?

Greinke has been incredibly consistent over his 16-year career. He took home the AL Cy Young award in 2009, but has pitched in the National League since 2013. He put up a career-high 19 wins with the Dodgers in 2015.

Do you know the name of this feared NL pitcher?

Since breaking into the league in 2014, deGrom has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the NL. He has a career 2.66 ERA with an average of 200 strikeouts per year from 2014-2018.

Which of these pitchers is widely considered the best pitcher of the last ten years?

Kershaw has been almost unbelievably good since coming into the league in 2008. The last time he put up an ERA over 3.00 was his rookie year. Did we mention he also has three CY Young awards and has never had a losing record?

He's been around the league, but he's now with the Rays. What's his name?

Charlie Morton is in his mid-thirties now, but he's still pitching as well as he did in his twenties. Last season, with the Astros, he put up 15 wins with a 3.13 ERA. So far in 26 starts in 2019, he has 13 wins with a 2.77 ERA.

Which of the pitchers has won the Cy Young in both leagues?

There aren't many things left that Max Scherzer hasn't accomplished. He broke 300 strikeouts for the first time in 2018 and led the league in the last three seasons. He won the AL Cy Young in 2013 and the NL Cy Young in 2016 and 2017.

What's the name of this young pitcher?

Mike Soroka might not have as much experience as some of the other pitchers in this quiz, but he's made a name for himself already. Over the first 27 games of his career, he's 12-3 with 128 strikeouts.

Can you name the Yankees' first baseman?

When the Cardinals traded Luke Voit to the Yankees, they didn't know what they were giving up. In his first season with the Yankees, he slugged .689, and he's slugging .493 so far in the 2019 season.

Does this pitcher's face look familar?

Besides in 2016, when he only played one game, Ryu has never had an ERA above 3.77. He finished 2018 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts, and at the time of writing, he was leading the league with a 1.64 ERA in 2019.

Can you tell us the name of this hitter?

Suarez made a name for himself in 2018 when he set a career-high in home runs (34), RBIs (104), and OPS (.892). He's putting up comparable numbers so far in 2019 and will likely break his career-high in home runs.

Do you know the name of this power hitter?

Josh Bell has been around since 2016, but 2019 was his breakout year. At the time of writing, he had already hit 31 home runs through his first 120 games and was on a pace for well over 100 RBIs.

What's the name of this future Hall-of-Famer?

Pujols may have slowed down since the early 2000s, but there was nobody more dominant from 2001 to 2010. In his first 10 years, his lowest batting average was .312, his lowest RBI total was 103 and his lowest number of home runs was 32.

Which of these veterans is this?

Some things in life get better with age, including wine, cheese and Nelson Cruz. He had his first 40 home run season when he was 34. He's now 39 and hasn't had fewer than 30 home runs in a season since then.

Who's this player who's been one of the best NL hitters since 2010?

A lot of players manage to put up big numbers in one or two seasons, but Freddie Freeman has been consistent since 2010. Over his ten year career, he has a .884 OPS and .504 slugging percentage.

Can you tell us the name of this youngster?

Ronald Acuna Jr. smashed 26 home runs in his first season in the MLB and is on pace for about 35 in his second. So far in 2019, he's put up numbers that might be MVP worthy if it wasn't for Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich.

Any idea what this slugger's name is?

Pete Alonso broke the NL rookie record for home runs in 2019. At the time of writing, he had 40 home runs with 40 games left in the season. He's also on pace to surpass 100 RBIs in his rookie campaign.

Do you recognize the 2018 NL MVP?

As good as Christain Yelich was in 2018, he's been even better in 2019. At the time of writing, he was hitting .334 with 41 big flys and 24 stolen bases in just 111 games. During his MVP season, he had an OPS of 1000, but so far this year he's sitting on a 1.123!

Which of these players is often compared to Mickey Mantle?

Few players have started their career as well as Mike Trout. Since 2011, he has a career 1.001 OPS. To put that in perspective, the lowest he's ever finished in an MVP voting is fourth.

Which 2018 AL award winner do you see in this pitcher?

Mookie Betts had the best season of his career in 2018 en route to his first MVP award. He hit .346 with 30 stolen bases, 80 RBIs, and 32 home runs on his way to leading the Red Sox to the World Series.

Who is this Dodger's superstar?

Bellinger put up solid numbers in his first two seasons in the league, but 2019 was his breakout. At the time of writing, he was hitting .317 with 42 home runs and 97 RBIs through 121 games. He has a career .934 OPS in his young career.

Who does this big smile belong to?

Fransisco Lindor has been one of the best shortstops in the league since breaking into the MLB in 2015. He has hit more than 33 home runs in the past two seasons. His home runs had dipped a little in 2019, but at the time of writing, he still had a .871 OPS.

Who goes by the nickname "The Big Bear"?

Marcell Ozuna had a down year in 2018 after coming off a 37 home run campaign with the Marlins. However, he's picked it up again in 2019. Although he's missed time with injuries, he has still hit 22 home runs through 93 games.

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