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10 Players on Early Track for 2014 Silver Slugger Awards

Players on Track for Silver Slugger Awards

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Scott Rovak- USA Today Sports

The 2014 MLB season is in full swing and some hot bats are lighting up the league. From veteran Albert Pujols to rookie sensation Jose Abreu, many great players are off to a phenomenal start. Let's go ahead and take a look 10 guys on the early track for the year's Silver Slugger Awards (by position).

C Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

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Kim Klement- USA Today Sports

C Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles

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Kim Klement- USA Today Sports

Wieters is off to a hot start, leading his team in batting average and all MLB catchers in slugging percentage.

Batting Average : .341 (5th in MLB)
HR: 5
RBI: 18
On Base Percentage: .374
Slugging Percentage: .560

1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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1B Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

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Tommy Gilligan- USA Today Sports

Pujols, the newest member to join the 500 home run club, is in bounce back mode after an off year in 2013. He is on fire right now, off to one of the best starts of his career.

Batting Average: .293
HR: 10 (2nd in MLB)
RBI: 26 (7th in MLB)
On Base Percentage: .358
Slugging Percentage: .579 (9th in MLB)

2B Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

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Joy R. Absalon- USA Today Sports

2B Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

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Joy R. Absalon- USA Today Sports

Rendon owns the hottest bat on the Nationals right now and leads all second basemen in runs batted in and slugging percentage.

Batting Average: .295
HR: 5
RBI: 23
On Base Percentage: .331
Slugging Percentage: .518

3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Jim Cowsert- USA Today Sports

Arenado is off to an outstanding season leading all third basemen in runs batted in, batting average and slugging percentage.

Batting Average: .324 (10th in MLB)
HR: 6
RBI: 26 (7th in MLB)
On Base Percentage: .346
Slugging Percentage: .535

SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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Ron Chenoy- USA Today Sports

SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

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Ron Chenoy- USA Today Sports

Tulowitzki is on an absolute tear so far this season. MVP has a nice ring to it, and if this pace continues, he may very well be taking home the award.

Batting Average: .414 (Leads MLB)
HR: 9
RBI: 31
On Base Percentage: .511 (Leads MLB)
Slugging Percentage: .775 (Leads MLB)

LF Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants

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Lance Iversen- USA Today Sports

LF Michael Morse, San Francisco Giants

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Lance Iversen- USA Today Sports

The Giants' left fielder is off to a great year ranking second among left fielders in home runs, third in RBIs and sixth in batting average.

Batting Average: .294
HR: 8
RBI: 24
On Base Percentage: .339
Slugging Percentage: .587

CF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Rick Osentoski- USA Today Sports

CF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Rick Osentoski- USA Today Sports

The 2013 National League MVP leads all center fielders in batting average and on base percentage. McCutchen had a slower than normal start, but he's definitely picking up the pace.

Batting Average: .321
HR: 4
RBI: 18
On Base Percentage: .431 (4th in MLB)
Slugging Percentage: .519

RF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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Brett Davis- USA Today Sports

RF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

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Brett Davis- USA Today Sports

Stanton may just have the most powerful swing in baseball right now. Is an MVP award in the near future for Miami's slugger?

Batting Average: .295
HR: 10 (2nd in MLB)
RBI: 38 (Leads MLB)
On Base Percentage: .384
Slugging Percentage: .598 (4th in MLB)

RF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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John Rieger- USA Today Sports

RF Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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John Rieger- USA Today Sports

Joey Bats is at it like always leading right fielders in on base percentage and base percentage plus slugging percentage (1.041-2nd in MLB).

Batting Average: .300
HR: 9 (3rd in MLB)
RBI: 21
On Base Percentage: .458 (3rd in MLB)
Slugging Percentage: .583

1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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Rick Osentoski- USA Today Sports

1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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Rick Osentoski- USA Today Sports

Last, but not least, the rookie sensation seems to be the future of the White Sox organization. At this pace, Abreu is likely the favorite to take home the American League Rookie of the Year Award and maybe even the MVP.

Batting Average: .266
HR: 12 (Leads MLB)
RBI: 35 (2nd in MLB)
On Base Percentage: .325
Slugging Percentage: .619 (2nd in MLB)