It's incredibly difficult to keep up a .380+ wOBA (Machado is at .382) over a whole season, only 12 guys did it last year. Between that and the BABIP (like Nomar mentioned) i would expect some regression.
Is it possible that Machado is the best all around player in baseball? When you look at his skill-set he has everything except for power. Which I believe will come as he ages. Some guys take longer to add mass. Some don't. Machado is one who clearly has not filled in to his frame.
in 3-4 years we are looking at the clear best player in the league. He glides out there. So smooth.
I'm new so I don't know if he's been a popular thread topic. Even if he is I don't see one about him so clearly it's not been overblown.
In addition, we have some guy flying under the radar in comparison to guys like Harper and yet Machado has a 2.8 WAR in less than 50 games!
The issue is that you are totaling WAR after less than 50 games.
Not what he has produced. But the volatility that defensive metrics create in this few of games. Mike Fontenot had a 3 WAR on May 28th, 2008 because the defensive metrics praised him as this defensive God. Once they settled down, then you realized what sort of player he really was.
Machado is a great young player, Trout and Harper have company no question. I'd say .315/.350/.500 is certainly possible for him, with +20 defense at third. That's a 6-7 WAR right there. But let's keep our eyes on the defensive metrics, because they will calm down. He is on pace for something defensively that has only been done 8 times in the history of the position (and Brooks Robinson is the only third basemen to do it twice). While that's possible, it's still unlikely, even as great as he is and has been there.