Sleeper MVP Candidates: American League
Earlier, we listed our top five stealth MVP candidates for the National League. As a reminder, MVP winners usually meet these criteria:
1. Be on a playoff team (see Miguel Cabrera over Mike Trout, Ryan Braun over Matt Kemp, etc.)
2. Be an RBI guy.
3. Hit .300 (Jimmy Rollins is the only non-pitcher MVP since 1990 to hit under .300).
Here are my five sleeper MVP choices for the American League. The criteria to qualify as a sleeper is if the player has never finished in the top 15 of an MVP vote. I will say this: It was much harder coming up with five candidates in the AL. I don't know if that means the NL has been producing more young talent in recent years or if the AL voters have done a better job identifying MVP candidates in previous years. I think we're much more likely to see a stealth MVP in the National League.
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