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Which MLB Player Will Be Next to 3,000 Hits?

Miguel Cabrera, 1st baseman for the Detroit Tigers, standing with bat in hand at Chase Field in Phoenix. AZ. USA June 9, 2017.

On Saturday, Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera recorded career hit number 3,000 during Detroit’s 13-0 rout of the Colorado Rockies in the first half of a double-header, the finishing touch on his Hall of Fame resume.

Cabrera is the third member of a select group of hitters to have slugged 500 home runs and 3,000 hits on a career batting average of .300+.

Cabrera joined Albert Pujols as the only other active member of MLB’s 3,000 hit club. A perusal of MLB’s active hit leaderboard should give fans an idea of how difficult it is to achieve this feat. The third and fourth-ranked hitters, Robinson Canó and Yadier Molina, respectively, are near the end of their careers and still well short of the mark.

This leaves fans with the question of which player will next reach the 3,000 hit milestone. Here are my personal choices for the most likely candidates.

League Veterans


José Altuve

Age: 31

Career Hits: 1,783

Hits/162 Games: 200

Active Leaderboard Rank: 10th

Altuve is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 of the active hits leaderboard. He has led the majors in hits in both 2014 and 2016 and the American League in 2015 and 2017, his MVP* season. It is possible he could reach 3,000 by the end of the decade.

Bryce Harper

Age: 29

Career Hits: 1,287

Hits/162 Games: 161

Active Leaderboard Rank: 32nd

Harper made his MLB debut at the age of 19, winning his first of two MVP awards in his age-22 season. While he has never led his league or the majors in hits, the six-time All-Star’s early start and longevity in the game make him a strong contender for the 3K club.

Mike Trout

Age: 30

Career Hits: 1,431

Hits/162 Games: 178

Active Leaderboard Rank: 22nd

Mike Trout is the best active player in MLB, ranking 2nd in active position player bWAR behind Pujols, who is on the verge of retirement. The three-time MVP could theoretically reach the 3K threshold at the end of his current long-term contract in 2030 if he maintains his current 178 hit/season average. However, he will most likely fall off the pace with age.



Ronald Acuña Jr.

Age: 24

Career Hits: 426

Hits/162 Games: 175

Active Leaderboard Rank: N/A

The 2018 Rookie of the Year would likely be past the 500 hit mark if not for the ACL injury that brought his 2021 campaign to a premature end. He is expected to make his 2022 debut in early May.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Age: 23

Career Hits: 390

Hits/162 Games: 176

Active Leaderboard Rank: N/A

Guerrero Jr. enjoyed a breakout season in 2021, finishing 2nd in American League MVP voting with an MLB-best 48 home runs. The one-time All-Star should remain an absolute monster at the plate in 2022 and beyond.

Juan Soto

Age: 23

Career Hits: 500

Hits/162 Games: 168

Active Leaderboard Rank: N/A

Soto debuted at the age of 19 and won his first batting title in his age-21 season. He recently notched his 500th career hit and is one of the league’s most dangerous hitters at the tender age of 23.

Who are your favorites to reach the 3,000 hit milestone? Leave a comment!

Miguel Cabrera, 1st baseman for the Detroit Tigers, standing with bat in hand at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ, USA on June 9, 2017, by Keeton Gale /