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Mike Trout hasn't let anyone down in his sophomore season.
American League – Mike Trout, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista
Mike Trout might be hard pressed to oust Miguel Cabrera in MVP Award discussions in 2013, but that doesn’t mean the outfielder isn’t enjoying a fantastic season. Trout has posted a .330 batting average, a .425 OBP, a park-adjusted 181 OPS+, 21 home runs and 26 stolen bases.
Jacoby Ellsbury seemed to be on a Trout-esque path in 2011, but injuries have apparently hindered his power. Despite the 78 percent decrease in home runs, Ellsbury has still posted a .299 batting average, a .358 OBP, a 114 OPS+ and a league-leading 44 stolen bases. The Boston Red Sox outfielder also boasts a Gold Glove worthy 1.6 dWAR, too.
Jose Bautista continues to be one of the best stories in the game. The 32-year-old has now been an elite American League hitter for four seasons, despite a previously mediocre career. It doesn’t seem like Bautista can hit 54 home runs again, but there’s little to gripe about over a 133 OPS+ and 27 home runs.
National League – Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez
The Pittsburgh Pirates are likely playoff bound—and it would be the first time since 1992. The Pirates’ fearless leader, Andrew McCutchen, is a giant part of the team’s success. McCutchen has posted a .316 batting average, a 155 OPS+, 17 home runs and 24 stolen bases. He’s also played a Gold Glove-caliber center field, posting a 1.1 dWAR.
Carlos Gonzalez was recently placed on the disabled list with a sprained middle finger, which has been plaguing him for a little while now. Recent injury aside, CarGo has enjoyed his most impressive major league season in 2013. Despite usually being a non-factor on the road (career .774 OPS), Gonzalez has turned that trend on its head in 2013 (.987 OPS). No longer a product of Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies’ stud has emerged as a full-fledged star.
Few people thought Carlos Gomez would repeat his somewhat surprising 2012 power outburst, but to date, the Milwaukee Brewers’ center fielder has gone above and beyond it. Gomez has posted a .288 batting average, a 132 OPS+, 18 home runs and 30 stolen bases. The 27-year-old is also arguably the best defensive outfielder in baseball this season, posting a 3.1 dWAR.