AL MVP CANDIDATES
1. Aaron Judge
Judge is having one of the best seasons ever as a Rookie. Judge slash line is currently .329/.448/.691 posting a 197 wRC+ and a 5.5 WAR that currently leads the league. Judge also leads the league with 30 HRs and ranks 2nd in AL with 66 RBIs. The 6’7 young star has shown great progress after his struggles last season posting a slash line of .193/.263/.345 with a 63 wRC+ and a -0.3 WAR. This is a no brainer unless Judge slows down mightly you’re loooking at your AL MVP.
2. George Springer
Springer has been the spark of the 1st place Houston Astros since moving to the leadoff spot. Springer slash line is currently .310/.380/.613 posting 164 wRC+ and 3.7 WAR. Springer has 27 HRs which ranks 2nd in MLB and ranks 5th in RBIs in the AL from the leadoff spot. Springer who’s 29 is having a career year at the plate looks to lead the Houston Astros to a World Series.
3. Jose Ramirez
Ramirez is having a career season with Cleveland Indians. He is a great utility player he can play LF,RF,SS and 2B which is very valuable to the Indians. Ramirez current slash line is .332/.388/.601 posting 157 wRC+ and a 3.9 WAR. Ramirez 3.9 WAR ranks 5th in the AL and his wRC+ also ranks 5th in the AL. Ramirez has 17 HRs and 48 RBIs which ranks 17th and 26th in the AL. Ramirez is a very underrated player who went 2-2 in the ASG, keep a eye out for Ramirez doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.
1. Paul Goldschmidt
What can you say about Goldschmidt, basesballs most underrated superstar, who is consistently one of the best players in the league. Goldschmidt’s current slash line .312/.428/.577 posting 153 wRC+ and a 4.0 WAR. Goldschmidts 153 wRC+ ranks 3rd in the NL and his 4.0 WAR ranks 2nd in the NL. Goldschmidt also posting 20 HRs and 67 RBIs which ranks 8th and 4th in the NL. With the Arizona Diamondbacks having a great season look for Goldschmidt to stay at the top of the NL MVP race.
2. Bryce Harper
The young phenom is having another great season after winning the NL MVP in 2016. Harper’s current slash line is .325/.431/.590 posting 161 wRC+ and a 3.8 WAR. Harper’s 161 wRC+ ranks 2nd in the NL and 3.8 WAR is 4th in the NL. Harper has 20 HRs which is tied for 8th in the NL and his 65 RBIs are 5th in the NL. Harper is a great young star for the game and looks to be at the top of NL MVP race for many more years to come.
3. Joey Votto
Votto is another great superstar who is having a phenomenal season with the Cincinnati Reds. Votto’s current slash line is.315/.427/.631 posting 167 wRC+ and a 3.8 WAR. Votto’s 167 wRC+ ranks 1st in the NL and his 3.8 WAR ranks 3rd in the NL. Votto has 26 HRs which is tied for 1st in the NL with Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Votto ranks 3rd in NL RBIs with 68. Votto is such a pheonmenal player and has been the face of the Reds franchise for many seasons.