10 Way-Too-Early MLB MVP Candidates After Week 1

10 Way-Too-Early MLB MVP Candidates After Week 1

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The MLB season started a little over one week ago, and as usual, there are some players having surprising starts to the season and some players who have started a bit slow. Obviously, when players get off to hot starts, there is always going to be cautious optimism, especially for players without great track records. Here are 10 players who have started off well, but let's not give them the MVP trophy just yet.

10. Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez

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10. Chicago White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez

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Alexei Ramirez has a reputation for being a solid baseball player. He is off to a great start in 2014, hitting .412/.459/.588 in 37 plate appearances while also playing great defense at shortstop.

9. San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan

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9. San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan

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So far in 2014, Angel Pagan is hitting .462/.500/.641 with a home run and two stolen bases. His .462 average is a result of his extremely lucky .515 BABIP, and it will clearly come down as the season progresses.

8. Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon

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8. Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies
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If you want to see the ball put in play frequently, watch Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies hit. Only 5.6 percent of his plate appearances don't end with the ball being put in play. In 36 plate appearances, Blackmon has a .471/.472/.706 triple-slash line.

7. Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon

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7. Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon

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Speedster Dee Gordon doesn't have a reputation for being a good MLB hitter, but he has done his best to change that this year. In 37 plate appearances, he is hitting .394/.432/.545 with four stolen bases. He won't continue to hit this well, but he will always be annoying as a gnat on the bases because of his speed.

6. Chicago Cubs Utility Man Emilio Bonifacio

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6. Chicago Cubs Utility Man Emilio Bonifacio

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In 41 plate appearances for the Chicago Cubs, Emilio Bonifacio has hit .500/.537/.579 with a 209 wRC+. He has been a pest on the basepaths as well, with six steals already through eight games. Bonifacio is tied for first in MLB with a 0.8 fWAR.

5. Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy

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5. Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy

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In 35 plate appearances, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .387/.457/.645 with one home run. He is walking in 11.4 percent of his trips to the plate and he is playing elite defense.

4. Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
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4. Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer

Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
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One of the most respected players in baseball, Michael Cuddyer is always a solid hitter. In 45 plate appearances, he is hitting .415/.444/.732 with a 206 wRC+ and three homers. Due to his poor defense, he shouldn't be considered a legitimate MVP candidate.

3. Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez

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3. Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez

Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
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Pitchers are afraid to pitch to Salvador Perez; he is walking in 25 percent of his plate appearances this season. In 32 plate appearances, Perez is hitting .458/.594/.625 with a 241 wRC+. He has been great defensively as well, resulting in his MLB-leading 0.8 fWAR.

2. Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers

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2. Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers

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In eight games, Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has played elite defense behind home plate, hitting .444/.483/.593. Striking out in 31 percent of his plate appearances, no one should expect Flowers to continue hitting at an elite, or even good level.

1. New York Yankees 3B Yangervis Solarte

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1. New York Yankees 3B Yangervis Solarte

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It's hard to believe the New York Yankees have a little-known player contributing to their wins, but Yangervis Solarte is hitting .429/.484/.643 in 31 plate appearances. He has a 0.5 fWAR through eight games.

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