Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout Is Making An Early Case For AL MVP

By jaredgoltz
Mike Trout
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Last year’s AL MVP race was entirely up in the air heading into the last month of the season. Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and Chris Davis all had stellar seasons in 2013, and all of them made their case for MVP. Cabrera led the AL in batting average and was second in both home runs and RBIs to Davis, losing the RBI title by just one.

Trout was third in the league behind Cabrera and Joe Mauer in batting average, and led the league with an amazing WAR at 9.2.

Considering that Cabrera’s team was going to the playoffs, and that he was just short of getting his second consecutive triple crown — something that would have been absolutely unheard of — he was the obvious choice for MVP at the end of the year, something that did not sit well with Trout.

The two are the cream of the crop when it comes to talent in MLB, and that was made evident this offseason with both signing mega extensions. Cabrera’s was for 10 years and $248 million, while Trout’s was for six years and $144.5 million. The two even compete when it comes to contract money.

Although it is early in the 2014 season, Cabrera isn’t looking like is usual dominating self, while Trout is already proving himself to be MVP-worthy this year.

Just 14 games into the season, Trout is batting .317 with five home runs and 10 RBIs. He also has a OBP of .369, and is doing everything in his power to carry his team to victory. Take a look at last night for example. Down by two runs in the bottom of the ninth against the Oakland Athletics, Trout stepped up to the plate with a man on and hit an absolute bomb to left-center field.

Although the Los Angeles Angels ended up losing the game in extra innings, Trout was the reason why the game went as far as it did.

When you look at Trout, he is the complete package when it comes to what you look for in a MLB player. He possesses great speed and can field his position like no one else in the league, hit for average and power, and steal bases. Many experts predicted before the season that Trout would end up being the AL MVP, and although it is early in the season, it looks as though they may have predicted correctly.

Jared Goltz is a writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @jar3d_, or find him on Facebook or Google+.

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