Can You Ace This MLB Player Identification Quiz?

By: Mark Laufgraben
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About This Quiz

A modern baseball player is a perfect machine, unparalleled skill entwined with preternatural reflexes, working in tandem with his teammates in a seamless ballet of synchronicity. These heroes grace our ballparks and television screens with but one mission: to take home victory for the 10th man! 

But beyond their personal skills, baseball players need to be able to work within a team. They need to be constantly aware of the bigger picture, constantly ready to adjust their decision making on the fly in order to meet the evolving needs of the every changing battlefield that is the baseball diamond. They practice relentlessly to deal with dozens of potential scenarios so as to have a response ready for any possible situation. And the best don't just have it stored in their memory, they practice until their ability to act on these plans is automatic and without conscious thought.

How much do you know about these ballplayers? Do you know enough to recognize them on sight? See if your knowledge tracks with the best of the best and try to identify these players from a single picture. Don't worry, we'll toss some hints your way if things are looking a little cloudy out there. Take this quiz and get in it to win it! 

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is an eight-time All-Star, who won Most Valuable Player for the All-Star Game in 2017. He also won two Golden Glove Awards.

Andrew Mark Miller is a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. He has won the American League Reliever of the Year award​ and has played in two All-Star games.

Craig Michael Kimbrel is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Batters wither under his unique and terrifying stare, to the delight of his fans. He has a unique stance, known as "Spider Arms."

Joseph Daniel Votto is a first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. He has won the MVP for the National League, and is currently first among active players in on-base percentage.

Ender David Inciarte Montiel is an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and is originally from Venezuela.

Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey is a catcher for the San Francisco Giants. He has won a Golden Glove, and been a part of three World Series victories!

Miguel Ángel Jean Sanó is a third-baseman for the Minnesota Twins. In his first year, he played mostly as a designated hitter​ and was third in the rankings for Rookie of the Year.

Justin Matthew Turner is a third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In spite of a hamstring injury, he finished the 2017 season with a phenomenal .322 batting average!

Corey Drew Seager is a shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has won both Rookie of the Year for the National League and two consecutive Silver Slugger awards. Not bad for the new kid!

Francisco Miguel Lindor is a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians. This Puerto Rican player has earned the name "Mr. Smile," which, given his winning of a Silver Slugger​ award and being a runner-up for Rookie of the Year, is well deserved. Keep smiling, Francisco!

Joshua Isaiah Harrison plays both infield and outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the first player in history to break up a no-hitter in extra innings with a walk-off homer. Ouch!

Jose Enrique Ramírez is a second baseman for the Cleveland Indians. A recipient of the SIlver Slugger award, he also tied the MLB record for five extra-base hits in a single game!

Cody James Bellinger is a first baseman for the LA Dodgers. He was a Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year and managed to hit a three-run home run in the World Series. Not bad at all!

Gary Sanchez is a catcher for the New York Yankees. He was runner-up for Rookie of the Year and won a Silver Slugger as the best hitting catcher in 2017.

Bryce Aron Max Harper is a right-fielder for the Washington Nationals. He started for the NL team in the 2017 All-Star Game and has a unique propensity for slamming homers on opening day. He has also been known to start the occasional bench-clearing fight, so watch out!

Zack Cozart is an infielder for the Los Angeles Angels. While playing for the Reds in 2017, he set a personal record with an impressive .297 batting average.

Ryan Zimmerman is a first baseman for the Washington Nationals. He was on the All-Star team in 2017 and has set numerous franchise records in batting for the Washington Nationals.

Yonder Alonso is a first baseman for the Cleveland Indians. Alonso has shifted between five separate teams, but has recently signed a two-year contract for $16 million with the Indians.

Charles Cobb Blackmon is a center fielder for the Colorado Rockies. He is tied for the record of six hits, five RBIs, and four extra base hits in a single game.

Jonathan Rufino Jezus Schoop is a second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. Last year (2017), was his best so far, with a fantastic .297 batting average that earned him a spot in the All-Star Game.

Chris Sale is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He has been an All-Star six times and tied the record for striking out 10+ batters per game in eight starts.

Carlos Martinez is a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. A two-time All-Star, Martinez is known by his lovable nickname, "Little Pedro."

Ervin Santana is a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. He recorded three shutouts in 2017​ and came in seventh in voting for the Cy Young Award.

Justin Upton is an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels. He has won three Silver Slugger awards, and has been on four All-Star rosters!

Carlos Correa is a shortstop for the Houston Astros. Besides being a critical part of the World Champion Houston Astros, he graduated high school with a 4.00 GPA as the class valedictorian and scored a whopping 1560 on the SAT!

Marcell Ozuna Idelfonso is a left fielder​ for the St. Louis Cardinals. Though he is only sitting on a one-year contract as of now, he has been rated by some as the best left fielder in the major leagues!

Brad Hand is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He is a reliever with a fantastic overall .216 as of last season, and was the Padres' rep in the All-Star Game!

McKenzie Corey Dickerson is an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His fantastic numbers as a designated hitter earned him the spot in the 2017 All-Star Game!

Dellin Betances is a pitcher for the New York Yankees. He has a well-known strikeout rate and is a four-time American League All-Star.

Daniel Murphy is a second baseman for the Washington Nationals. He has made three All-Star Games and had an amazing batting average of .322 last season (2017), second in the league overall.

Justin Kyle Smoak is a first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays. Last year saw him hit a career high .303 batting average and 22 home runs!

Trevor John Story is a shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. He had a rough year in 2017, striking out 191 times, making him the leader in the National League!

Jake Arrieta is a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is notable for having been a recipient of the Cy Young Award and having thrown a no-hitter in 2015.

Ozhaino Jurdy Jiandro "Ozzie" Albies is a second baseman for the Atlanta Braves. A young up-and-comer, Ozzie hit his first home run on August 3, 2017.

Adam LaMarque Jones is a center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles. He has won a Golden Glove four times and been an All-Star five times. Not bad at all!

Ender David Inciarte Montiel is an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. Ender is an international free agent, hailing from Venezuela, and a recipient of a Golden Glove for his work in center f​ield.

Lance Graye McCullers Jr. is a pitcher for the Houston Astros. He helped the Astros to a World Series win in 2017. His father was also a Major League Baseball player. It seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Robert Alexander Wood is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 27 appearances for the Dodgers (25 starts and two early season relief appearances), he was 16–3 with a 2.72 ERA.

Carlos Santana is a first baseman, designated hitter, and catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has already reached an awesome 1000 hits in his career, and has won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award for first base.

Kyle Christian Hendricks is a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He finished the 2016 season with an amazing 2.13 ERA, the lowest in MLB. He bears the lovable nickname, "The Professor," a testament to his Ivy League education.

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