Every MLB Team’s Early MVP of 2014

Every MLB Team's Early MVP of 2014

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Now that the MLB regular season is a few weeks old, a few things begin to take shape. Certainly there is no way to know who is going to win what just yet but we can at least tell which players are headed towards great seasons and which ones are not. For our purposes in this article we'll look at the guys headed towards great years. Here is a look at every team's MVP early during the season. The teams are are listed in standard alphabetical order.

Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout

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Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout

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This really isn't a big surprise. Trout is taking the next step in his young amazing career to being the team leader that he was apparently born to be. He already has a 1.0 WAR as well.

Houston Astros – Jason Castro

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Houston Astros – Jason Castro

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Not a lot is going right for the Astros right now but overall they are doing alright. What good offensive things happen usually go through catcher Castro however. He is taking over as an overall leading team member.

Oakland Athletics – Josh Donaldson

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Oakland Athletics – Josh Donaldson

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This is actually very close between Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes but the good WAR puts Donaldson just ahead. He was in the conversation for MVP voting last season and could be again this year.

Toronto Blue Jays – Jose Bautista

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Toronto Blue Jays – Jose Bautista

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With 6 home runs and 11 RBI, Bautista is certainly as good as he looked during the spring so far this year. The Blue Jays are getting some good contribution from he and a few others but he is the best of them right now.

Atlanta Braves – Freddie Freeman

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Atlanta Braves – Freddie Freeman

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Freeman is a special kind of hitter and certainly has a batting title and MVP possible in his future. It could happen this year.

Milwaukee Brewers – Aramis Ramirez

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Milwaukee Brewers – Aramis Ramirez

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After the Brewers came back to Earth a bit, they have rebounded and remain the best in the central division of the NL. Of the good contributions, the best production is coming from Ramirez thus far who has 14 RBI.

St. Louis Cardinals – Yadier Molina

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St. Louis Cardinals – Yadier Molina

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Though the Cardinals are not as strong on offense as many thought they would be right now, they are still getting solid contribution from their team leader behind the plate and with the bat. Molina is on the way to another great season.

Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo

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Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo

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Rizzo has been the top of the offensive attack for the Cubs for a bit now and is right now. That all could change as the good young hitters begin to come up from the minor leagues.

Arizona Diamondbacks – Mark Trumbo

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Arizona Diamondbacks – Mark Trumbo

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For all of the things that are going wrong for the Dbacks right now, Trumbo is doing everything right but getting consistent base hits. When he does hit the ball, it has turned into 6 home runs and 18 RBI.

Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian Gonzalez

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Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian Gonzalez

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As the Dodgers find a way consistently to be a part of first place in the NL West, they are getting familiar season production from Gonzalez. He has 5 home runs and 15 RBI so far.

San Francisco Giants - Brandon Belt

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San Francisco Giants - Brandon Belt

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Belt has been the offensive leader for the Giants all season long. It appears that he will continue to be a threat all season long.

Cleveland Indians – Michael Brantley

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Cleveland Indians – Michael Brantley

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One of the more underrated players in MLB last season, Brantley is picking up where he left off. He has 14 RBI but is also one of the better clutch hitters in the league right now.

Seattle Mariners – Mike Zunino

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Seattle Mariners – Mike Zunino

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For all the wins that the Mariners pulled off early, they have cooled a bit. Offensively and all around their best run production has come from their catcher Zunino though Robinson Cano and Corey Hart are also have very good years.

Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton

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Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton

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For those wondering when big Stanton will finally realize all of his amazing potential, look no farther than 2014. He has 5 home runs and 21 RBI. He has also been good in the clutch with the highlight being a walk-off grand slam recently.

New York Mets – Lucas Duda

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New York Mets – Lucas Duda

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Wonder why they traded Ike Davis? Here is your reason. Duda has 3 home runs and 8 RBI so far which is good for the 2014 Mets.

Washington Nationals – Anthony Rendon

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Washington Nationals – Anthony Rendon

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There is a lot to like about the way Rendon plays the game. Right now he has taken over as the leading production man for the hobbled but fighting Nationals.

Baltimore Orioles – Matt Weiters

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Baltimore Orioles – Matt Weiters

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Though Chris Davis isn't hitting a home run every other game just yet, Weiters is doing just fine leading the team offensively.

San Diego Padres – Andrew Cashner

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San Diego Padres – Andrew Cashner

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For a team that does not really have a huge standout offensively, it is a good option to take a look at their best pitcher. Right now Cashner looks to be a favorite for NL Cy Young votes. He is having a marvelous season.

Philadelphia Phillies – Chase Utley

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Philadelphia Phillies – Chase Utley

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Many have talked about the foolishness of the Phillies signing aging players to contracts but it is very difficult to question Utley's new contract right now. He is having an incredible offensive season so far.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Neil Walker

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Pittsburgh Pirates – Neil Walker

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Beginning with the first game of the season, Walker has been a good productive player. His average isn't awesome but he does have three home runs and 8 RBI along with some clutch hits.

Texas Rangers – Yu Darvish

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Texas Rangers – Yu Darvish

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The Rangers are a team that fights to the last out right now but their entire team changed when Darvish returned from injury. He has a 0.87 ERA through three starts and is an obvious choice for early Cy Young favorite.

Tampa Bay Rays – Ben Zobrist

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Tampa Bay Rays – Ben Zobrist

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The Rays second baseman is doing his share of producing this season. With 4 home runs and 9 RBI, it appears there will be no drop off from 2013's good year.

Boston Red Sox – Mike Napoli

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Boston Red Sox – Mike Napoli

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Again and again Napoli proves why the re-signing of him was the best move the Red Sox made this offseason. In what has been a tough season so far, he is giving the Sox' fans a reason to smile.

Cincinnati Reds – Joey Votto

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Cincinnati Reds – Joey Votto

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This goes on the list of not-too-surprising things. Votto is expected to be the best player on the Reds roster and so far he has been just that.

Colorado Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez

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Colorado Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez

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The Rockies are a very good hitting team so far in 2014. From CarGo all the way down to a revived Justin Morneau, they are producing quite few runs. Right now the best of them is clearly Gonzalez though.

Kansas City Royals – Alex Gordon

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Kansas City Royals – Alex Gordon

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If you randomly guessed who the most productive member of the Royals would be so far this season, you would probably be right. Gordon is an all around great player and even though the Royals have struggled some this season, he has been good.

Detroit Tigers – Torii Hunter

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Detroit Tigers – Torii Hunter

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It is likely that Miguel Cabrera will be this team's MVP before the end of the season but the ageless Hunter is having the best offensive season of any other Tigers player right now when it comes to overall run production.

Minnesota Twins – Chris Colabello

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Minnesota Twins – Chris Colabello

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The improved Twins have some struggling hitters but Colabello is certainly not one of them. He has 19 RBI and continues to hit very well.

Chicago White Sox – Alexei Ramirez

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Chicago White Sox – Alexei Ramirez

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No team looks more improved from last season to this season than the White Sox. One of the many reasons for that is Ramirez. Jose Abreu is also having a very good debut season but Ramirez has been more productive overall with 4 home runs and 14 RBI.

New York Yankees – Carlos Beltran

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New York Yankees – Carlos Beltran

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Though Beltran has a reputation for being much better in the postseason than during the season, he has been very productive early in the Yankees' 2014 season. His 4 home runs and 9 RBI suggest his regular season will be just fine.

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