The baseball season is past the quarter mark, and that means it’s time to take a look at the early frontrunners for the major awards. First up are the 2017 AL and NL MVP races.
AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP:
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: .343/.464/.741, 14 HRs, 34 RBI, 31 Runs, 9 SB, 217 wRC+, 3.1 fWAR, 3.2 bWAR
OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: .315/.417/.692, 15 HRs, 30 RBI, 36 Runs, 4 SB, 196 wRC+, 2.3 fWAR, 2.8 bWAR
3B Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins: .319/.439/.638, 11 HRs, 37 RBI, 31 Runs, 189 wRC+, 2.4 fWAR, 2.7 bWAR
Without a doubt, Mike Trout is the early frontrunner for AL MVP. He leads the majors in fWAR, bWAR, OBP, wRC+, and WPA (Win Probability Added). He also leads the Junior Circuit in SLG, OPS, and walks. Judge is having an incredible rookie year that has him at the forefront of the AL Rookie of the Year race, but his season might be good enough to garner AL MVP consideration. Judge leads the majors in HRs with 15. Sano is also having an incredible year while leading the AL in RBIs.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP:
OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: .349/.458/.678, 13 HRs, 37 RBI, 42 runs, 189 wRC+, 2.6 fWAR, 2.3 bWAR
1B Ryan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals: .362/.406/.724, 13 HRs, 38 RBI, 28 runs, 190 wRC+, 1.8 fWAR, 2.0 bWAR
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks: .315/.448/.580, 11 HRs, 35 RBI, 38 runs, 161 wRC+, 2.4 fWAR, 2.1 bWAR
Now, if Freeman wasn’t out for around 2-3 months, he would be at the top of the NL MVP conversation with him at the top of many NL leaderboads. Unfortunately, his injury likely takes him out of major consideration. There are also worthy players such as Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant, but for now, these three are probably in the lead. Harper is back to his old self and leads the NL in fWAR, runs, and WPA. Goldschmidt leads the NL in bWAR and walks. Zimmermann leads the NL in total bases, doubles, and extra base hits.
So, these are your early contenders for the 2017 MVP awards. Who do you think has been the most valuable player so far?