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Predicted Top 10 in Voting
|1. CF Mike Trout, LAA
||157 G, .323/.432/.557, 27 HR, 97 RBI, 109 R
|2. 1B Miguel Cabrera, DET
||148 G, .348/.442/.636, 44 HR, 137 RBI, 103 R
|3. 1B Joe Mauer, MIN
||113 G, .324/.404/.476, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 62 R
|4. 3B Evan Longoria, TB
||160 G, .269/.343/.498, 32 HR, 88 RBI, 91 R
|5. 1B Eric Hosmer, KC
||159 G, .302/.353/.448, 17 HR, 79 RBI, 86 R
|6. 2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS
||160 G, .301/.372/.415, 9 HR, 84 RBI, 91 R
|7. 3B Adrian Beltre, TEX
||161 G, .315/.371/.509, 30 HR, 92 RBI, 88 R
|8. 1B Chris Davis, BAL
||160 G, .286/.370/.634, 53 HR, 138 RBI, 103 R
|9. RF Wil Myers, TB
||88 G, .293/.354/.478, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 50 R
|10. 1B Prince Fielder, TEX
||162 G, .279/.362/.457, 25 HR, 106 RBI, 82 R
One of these years, Mike Trout is going to unseat Miguel Cabrera and take home AL MVP honors—and my money is on it being this year. Both players should be great once again, and they won't have any distractions after both signed huge extensions this offseason.
In another article, I predicted Trout becoming the first player to tally 200 hits, 30 doubles, 10 triples, 30 home runs, 30 steals, 100 RBI and 100 runs in a season. That would win him the award in my opinion.
Right behind those two is Joe Mauer, who looks primed for a big offensive season with the full-time move from catcher to first base. Still one of the game's best pure hitters and on-base threats, a boost in his power numbers would be enough to make him a serious candidate once again.
Evan Longoria and Dustin Pedroia remain the driving forces behind their respective offenses and catalysts for two of the best teams in baseball, so expect them to finish high.
The one-two punch of Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder in the middle of a Texas Rangers offense that also has on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo leading things off should make for big numbers in Arlington.
Chris Davis seems unlikely to match his monster 2013 output, but another 30-home run, 100-RBI season is likely with a run at a 40-home run, 120-RBI season seeming very realistic as well.
Like many, I have the Kansas City Royals earning a playoff spot this year. If they do, Eric Hosmer looks like a strong candidate to finish high in the voting. Rounding things out is reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, who will move to the cleanup spot in what looks like a solid Rays lineup.