As the MLB regular season comes to a close this week, the American League playoff picture is all but wrapped up. We know who will be there—including two teams from the AL East—just not what their seeding will be.
Per usual, the season has been full of surprises: the Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world by clawing their way through to the postseason, while the Boston Red Sox—a popular preseason World Series pick—have been nothing short of a disaster.
Individual players in the AL East have put forth surprising performances as well, and not all of them were on people’s radars early in the year. Here is a look at the 10 most valuable players in the division, based on how their individual performances benefited their teams this season.