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Young Players leading 2014 American League MVP race after first week

Updated on April 6, 2014

Chris Colabello(Minnesota Twins)

Chris Colabello in first place with 185.993 points

Well Assumption College should be rejoicing, finally Chris Colabello is making his mark in the MLB at the age of 30. With only 145 at-bats in his career before this season Chris has tore it up so far this season. He is currently batting .391 with one home run. The stat that jumps out to you is his 11 RBIs already this season in only six games. He has nine hits on the year with four being doubles.

Minnesota is off o a 3-3 start on the young season. The worry for the Twins and Chris is can the keep up this start and finish with a great year.


Well baseball fans the 2014 season is a week old. We have seen some great play so far to go along with some bad play. So far we have seen 194 players take an at-bat for the American League so far. I have developed my own formula to determine who should be the MVP for the league.

Like any formula, the more data we get and put into it, the more clearer the picture becomes on who deserves the award. The Detroit Tigers have the best record in American League with a 4-1 mark. Seattle is second at 4-2 with Tampa Bay sitting in third at 4-3. Seven clubs have 3-3 records. Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore have started very slow and currently are sitting tied for last with 2-4 records.


Justin Smoak(Seattle Mariners)

Justin Smoak in second place with 178.508 points

Twenty-seven year old Justin Smoak from South Carolina University is having a great start to this season. Entering his fourth big league season Smoak has already hit two homeruns and two doubles to pace Seattle. He has driven in eight runs while scoring five himself. You might think his .292 average is not that great but his power numbers are what fans and voters like for the MVP trophy.

With Robinson Cano getting most of the attention look for Smoak to have a career year and be in the race for the MVP award all season long.

Top 10 A.L. MVP Race

Player
Team
Points
Chris Colabello
Minnesota
185.993
Justin Smoak
Seattle
178.508
Trevor Plouffe
Minnesota
176.493
Jose Bautista
Toronto
167.494
Josh Hamilton
Los Angeles
158.000
Torii Hunter
Detroit
154.500
Dustin Ackley
Seattle
151.008
Mike Napoli
Boston
146.503
Evan Longoria
Tampa Bay
141.500
Brian Dozier
Minnesota
134.508

Trevor Plouffe(Minnesota Twins)

Trevor Plouffe in third place with 176.493 points

Trevor Plouffe has started the season off with a bang. He is batting .391 with seven runs driven in. Three of his nine hits have been doubles. He has scored six runs himself to help Minnesota to a 3-3 record so far. He has a great ability to earn a walk, having grabbed five already this season.

Plouffe did not go to college and has worked his way up to the big leagues. At 27 years of age he is currently in his fourth season in the MLB.


Who wins MVP award

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You have noticed there is a few big names on my list but mostly young guys trying to break thru. It is very early in the season and anything can happen, so don't hold to much into this early table.

Big names like Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout will surely have a say so in who will walk away with the trophy. My system takes in account everything a player does on offense but ways heavy on power numbers. So yes a player batting .250 with 10 homeruns, 15 RBIs and scored 13 runs will beat a guy batting .325 with 2 homeruns and only five runs driven in while scoring five. Power is what fans love and always look forward to.

Every Sunday I will update this post with the latest info and standings on the American League MVP race.

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