The race for the MVP award doesn't really start until August, at the earliest, but it is always fun to see who the early-season contenders are.
A lot of things can and will change over the next five months, so it is best to take any awards favorites right now with a grain of salt. That said, we are not so stubborn that we can't at least acknowledge the quarter-season MVP winners in both the American and National Leagues.
For these rankings, we take a look at the most value that a player has added on the field. We don't look at team record or playoff status—two things that really shouldn't factor into any MVP race—but rely on good old-fashioned analysis of the numbers and what they are telling us.
We are going to rank, in ascending order, the top five candidates in both leagues. Starting with the American League and shifting to the National League, here are the players with a legit case to be made as the quarter-season MVP.
Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.