The list, set to be released Friday by Major League Baseball and the union, has Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finishing second, followed by the Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox.
Joining Ohtani and Stanton for the first time on the list, which has been released for the past eight seasons, is Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 16), 2017 World Series MVP George Springer (No. 17) and Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. (No. 20).
Falling on the list were Bryce Harper, who finished fourth last year, but came in 13th this year, his status as an impending free agent perhaps affecting purchases. Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who finished seventh last year, fell outside the top 10 this year (No. 11).