Mike Trout (LAA)
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There is not much to be said about Mike Trout when it comes to his greatness. You know he’s the best player in the league, you know he is having another fantastic season, you know he will be a contender for AL MVP every season. However, you still cannot ignore the stats he has put up. He leads the AL in HRs (33), RBIs (83), OBP (.442), SLG (.661), and OPS (1.103), and has been raking as of late, smacking 11 HRs in his last 13 games. Trout is also on pace to break his previous high of HRs, which is 41 set back in 2015. While his steals have been down this year — only 8 on the season — he is still considered a five-tool All-Star and is the clear frontrunner for the 2019 AL MVP, which would be his third time winning the award in his eight seasons.
D.J. LeMahieu (NYY)
D.J. LeMahieu has been one of, if not the best, signing of the MLB offseason for the New York Yankees. The 31-year-old is having a career season for the AL East leading Yankees. A hitting machine, LeMahieu is third in the AL for total hits and leads the entire AL in batting AVG (.332). LeMahieu also matched his previous career high in HRs (15), which he set last season and has established a new career high in RBIs (71) this season. It may not be the most obvious pick for a frontrunner for the MVP award, but the fact that he was brought in as a depth piece and has performed this admirably, LeMahieu should get some love when the MVP contenders are announced by the end of the season.
Rafael Devers (BOS)
The young stud third baseman for the Boston Red Sox is having his coming out party this year. Gradually getting better every season, the 22-year-old is now the star the Red Sox were hoping for. Devers is on pace to surpass his HR totals from last year (21), has already established a new career high in RBIs (82), which is second in the AL, and has a career high batting AVG (.326), OBP (.378), SLG (.574), and OPS (.952). Devers has all the tools to make himself a formidable five-tool All-Star in the league and with last year’s AL MVP Mookie Betts struggling immensely this season, Devers is making a case to bring the award back to Beantown.
Christian Yelich (MIL)
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Christian Yelich is following up his 2018 MVP season with an even better one in 2019. Yelich already has 35 HRs, which leads the NL, as well as the entire league, and is also leading the NL in OBP (.434), SLG (.702), and OPS (1.136). Yelich is bonafide superstar in the league and the trade which sent him to the Brewers from the Marlins looks better and better every day. Yelich is also a fantastic five-tool player with 23 stolen bases so far this season and can possibly have a 40-40 season when it’s all said and done. Yelich is competing neck and neck with another player which can end up being one of the most memorable MVP races in recent memory.
Cody Bellinger (LAD)
Imagine being Cody Bellinger and having the season you’re having and not leading the NL in any of the major categories. Virtually neck and neck with Yelich, Yelich gets the upper hand as he has played less games and has better numbers. However, Bellinger continues to produce for the NL West leading Dodgers. After taking a step back in 2018, Bellinger has been on fire all 2019 and has the possibly to win the NL Rookie of the Year and NL MVP within the first three seasons of his career.
Josh Bell (PIT)
While Yelich and Bellinger are likely to have a race to the finish for MVP, you cannot ignore the season Josh Bell is having. Bell is having a great season for the Pirates and leads the NL, as well as the entire MLB, in RBIs (86). Bell is finally delivering on the hype which followed him throughout his minor league career and has become one of the best first basemen in the league. Bell is on pace for a 40 HRs, 100+ RBIs season and still might not even get the majority votes for NL MVP, which shows how good of a season Yelich and Bellinger are having.