By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 9, 2014
In the early part of the 2014 MLB season there are already a few standouts in the race for the NL MVP. If we had to pick the top 10 candidates that would be in the voting for the prestigious award right now, you might be surprised at a few names you see. At the same time there are a few names that really shouldn't surprise anyone. Without further delay, here they are. Feel free to add your own candidate below.
Believe it or not Braun is already having a fairly strong impact on the Brewers. Neither his move to right field or the blow-back from his PED suspension are keeping him from belting three home runs and knocking in seven RBI so far.
Surely no one is surprised to see Yadi in here. Molina is still showing that he is one of the bigger stars of the game of baseball. His batting average is a little below his norm right now but he has three home runs and seven RBI to add to his great work as catcher.
Put simply, the Nationals wouldn't be playing so well right now if they didn't have a couple of guys in here and they do. Though Rendon only has one home run, he is always a tough out. That allows him to have a .407 batting average to go with eight RBI so far.
The Giants are towards the top of MLB power rankings right now for a few reasons and the play of Pagan is certainly helping. He has a great average of .441 and eight RBI to go with his lone home run so far.
Staying true to the pattern that has him alternating good and bad years, LaRoche is having a great early season at just the right time. He has a couple of home runs and has driven in nine so far for the Nats.
Here is another name that is about as surprising as the sun rising in the East this morning. CarGo is healthy and therefore is having a monster season so far. With a .355 average, 3 home runs and 9 RBI. He will certainly be on this list all year if he is able to stay healthy.
Stanton along with the Marlins has to prove success against good teams and good pitching but right now they are looking great. He is batting .333 with 2 home runs and a big 12 RBI. This could be the year he finally has a monster season all year.
Cuddyer is a bit of a surprise for me on this list. It isn't shocking to see a good batting average on the 2013 batting champ but it is little surprising to see three home runs and eight RBI already. It looks like those who expected him to have a down season in 2014 could have been wrong.
Here is the biggest surprise on the top 10 right now. Belt has a big batting average well over .300 but also has nine RBI and a big-time 5 home runs so far. If he produces like this all year, the Giants might have surprising leader in the major offensive categories.
The Dbacks are not coming anywhere close to how good they were supposed to be this season but it certainly cannot be blamed on their biggest offseason addition. Trumbo, with a .282 average, 5 home runs and 13 RBI is doing his part and that of someone else as well.
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