2014 MLB Awards: Top 15 AL MVP Candidates Through Two Months

Top 15 AL MVP Candidates

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Although we are just two months into the season, it's never too early to look at who the two-month mark MVPs are for the American League. There have been many breakout players this season and not many surprise names on this list.

Let's take a look at the top 15 AL MVP candidates through two months of the season.

15. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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15. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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Mike Trout had gotten off to a slow start during the 2014 season, but has picked up his play in recent games while recovering from an injury. Trout is on this list because everyone knows he will be a top-three candidate by the end of the season.

2014 Stats: .293 AVG, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 5 SB, .379 OBP

14. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

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14. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

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The power numbers haven't quite been there for Robinson Cano in 2014, but that doesn't change the fact that he has been quite productive for the Mariners and he is still the team's best hitter.

2014 Stats: .330 AVG, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 4 SB, .377 OBP

13. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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13. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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Yu Darvish has suffered through some nagging injuries this season, but that hasn't slowed him down one bit. The young pitcher almost recorded his firs no-hitter this season and he has been quite the exciting ace on the mound every start.

2014 Stats: 5-2, 2.08 ERA, 83 K, 1.08 WHIP

12. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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12. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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Jose Abreu should definitely be the rookie of the year if he continues the pace he's on, but if he works on his contact, he will be a serious MVP candidate before it's all said and done.

2014 Stats: .266 AVG, 17 HR, 47 RBI, .318 OBP

11. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

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11. Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

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After his performance-enhancing drug suspension a couple of seasons ago, Melky Cabrera's stock was falling dramatically. He has bounced back tremendously in 2014 and it looks like he's a serious contender for MVP.

2014 Stats: .307 AVG, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 4 SB, .348 OBP

10. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

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10. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

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Not many people have Michael Brantley on their radar at this point in the season, but the Indians' top player could sneak up on some people in the MVP race.

2014 Stats: .308 AVG, 9 HR, 42 RBI, 8 SB, .371 OBP

9. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

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9. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

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Prior to the 2014 season, it seemed like Alexei Ramirez was an afterthought in the White Sox lineup. He is having the best season of his career thus far and he's on pace to break some of his own personal bests.

2014 Stats: .319 AVG, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 12 SB, .355 OBP

8. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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8. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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King Felix is one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball so no one should be shocked that he's on this list even though he's been pretty silent this season. Hernandez is quietly putting together a Cy Young-type of season as well as a possible MVP campaign.

2014 Stats: 8-1, 2.57 ERA, 91 K, 1.03 WHIP

7. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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7. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

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Miguel Cabrera is the reigning two-time MVP and he will easily be with Mike Trout in the final three candidates this season if all goes as planned. Cabrera got off to a very lethargic start to the 2014 season, but has since picked it up.

2014 Stats: .313 AVG, 11 HR, 50 RBI, .363 OBP

6. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

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6. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

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No one right now is as hot, in terms of power numbers, as Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays' slugger had a scorching month of May, cranking 16 homers and torching the league.

2014 Stats: .273 AVG, 19 HR, 50 RBI, 2 SB, .363 OBP

5. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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5. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

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Victor Martinez seems to be playing much younger than his 35 years. He's been hitting basically everything and his power numbers are way up from 2013. At one point at the end of May, Martinez had more home runs than he had strikeouts for the season. Unreal.

2014 Stats: .332 AVG, 13 HR, 34 RBI, 2 SB, .390 OBP

4. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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4. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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Masahiro Tanaka leads the American League in ERA and is second in wins. I guess you could say that he has lived up to the hype that was bestowed upon him prior to the 2014 season.

2014 Stats: 9-1, 2.02 ERA, 92 K, 0.96 WHIP

3. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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3. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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Mark Buehrle was basically forgotten about before this season but he has accounted for the most wins of any pitcher in baseball and one of the top-three ERAs in the American League.

2014 Stats: 10-1, 2.10 ERA, 46 K, 1.19 WHIP

2. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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2. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

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Jose Bautista has never really left the scene since bursting onto a few years ago. Bautista has taken Canada by storm as well as the rest of MLB along with the rest of his hot-hitting Blue Jays.

2014 Stats: .320 AVG, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 2 SB, .445 OBP

1. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

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1. Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

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Yes, Nelson Cruz -- the guy that no one wanted to sign this offseason -- is the No. 1 American League MVP candidate through two months of play. The Orioles' new slugger has been putting a hurt on everything thrown his way this season and his average isn't exactly a joke, either.

2014 Stats: .319 AVG, 21 HR, 55 RBI, 1 SB, .388 OBP

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