Yes, only in May. But it’s important to start the season strong to earn the MVP award. We conducted a survey on MLB.com to see which players are considered the MVP award winners for their respective leagues in 2022, based on their production through the year and the prospect of continuing that production throughout the season. Here is the result (64 votes):
1) Mike Trout, OF, Angels (39 votes 1st place)
After missing most of last season with a right calf injury, Trout didn’t take long to regain his AL MVP race lead. The 30-year-old started on Wednesday (when he wasn’t in the starting lineup but walked a pinch hit in 10 innings) with an MLB-best 1.183 OPS and nine home runs that would be a career high. , 19 RBIs and 2.6 wins over substitutions in 27 games. As a bonus, the Angels are playing winning baseball this year, and Trout picks a slam dunk for the top spot. If he wins the MVP this year, it will be the fourth time in history that only Barry Bonds (7 times) has won.
2) José Ramírez, 3B, Guardians (10 votes for 1st place)
Ramirez has been very close to winning multiple MVP awards in the past, and the third baseman is aiming to surpass him after signing a new seven-year, $141 million contract that will stay with Cleveland through 2028. J-Ram is the heart of a surprisingly strong Guardians lineup, averaging .297 with seven home runs, an MLB best 30 RBI, and an OPS of .996.
3) Judge Aaron, OF, Yankees (3 votes for 1st place)
Judge, a free agent after 2022, bet on himself when he turned down the Yankees’ contract extension offer before opening day, and for now he won’t regret it. The imposing slugger holds the Bronx Bombers at number one with his major league best record after beating his career-first finish home run against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
4) Shohei Ohtani, DH/RHP, Angels (1st place, 9 votes)
His unanimous choice for last year’s AL MVP award continues to make his presence felt every day. The two-way superstar looks better than ever on the mound, with a 2.78 ERA and a 46-7 K/BB ratio in 32.1 innings. He has appeared in every game for Halos, scoring six home runs, six doubles, five steals, and 21 RBIs.
5) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., first baseman, Blue Jays (1 vote for 1st place)
Ohtani’s epic season was the only reason Guerrero didn’t win the AL MVP award last year, and we voters expect 23-year-old Ohtani to make some noise at this year’s race as well. While many of Toronto’s big bats have struggled so far, Guerrero hit his first three-home run game at Yankee Stadium on April 13th and has an OPS of .873.
Others to be voted on: Wander Franco, Byron Buxton, Taylor Ward (1st 2nd), JP Crawford, Yordan Alvarez, Ty France, Kevin Gausman, Anthony Rizzo, Manuel Margot, Rafael Devers, Tim Anderson, George Springer, Jeremy Peña
1) Manny Machado, third baseman, Padres (45 votes for 1st place)
Padres not only survived Fernando Tatis Jr.’s wrist fracture prosperity His absence is largely due to Machado’s achievements. In another multi-hit game on Wednesday, the 29-year-old is averaging .383 / .460 / .625, 7 home runs, 22 RBIs and a 76 total on-base percentage during his first 32 games.
2) Nolan Arenado, third baseman, Cardinals (1st 8 votes)
Another star third baseman Arenado, who has a knack for highlight reel play with his gloves, has been struggling with the Cardinals’ offense this season. His first 29 games. If we had polled last week, Arenado might have taken the top spot, but the 31-year-old has dropped slightly recently, while Machado continues to soar.
3) Juan Soto, OF, Nationals (8 votes for 1st place)
Although he’s off to a slow start this season due to his high standards, Soto may be the best pure hitter in the game and we voters recognize that it’s only a matter of time before the 23-year-old superstar rises to incredible numbers. . Soto has a .256/.392/.479 batting average, seven home runs and an MLB best 25 walks (how to get a “slow start” of the season?). It’s hard to imagine Soto whether he won the National League MVP in 2022 or not. ~ no If you are healthy, you can win 1-3 MVPs.
4) Freddie Freeman, first baseman, Dodgers (1 vote)
Freeman’s first move to a new team in his MLB career has been going well so far. He’s batting .315/.402/.509 with the Dodgers looking like an MVP nominee once again after winning the honors in 2020. with the Braves. But if he boosts his power figures it will definitely help. He has a slugging percentage that is 35 points lower than his slugging percentage in the 2019-20 season and has only three home runs so far this season.
5) Jazz Chisholm Jr., 2B, Marlins
The fact that Chisholm is in the top five in the NL MVP Award voting at this point in the season (remember this isn’t about how well certain players did early in the season, it’s about the way we voters think things will eventually falter) Proof of how talented a person is. The 24-year-old second baseman hit his sixth home run of the season on Wednesday and posted an MLB best three triple and .295/.337/.611 slash.
Others to be voted on: Pete Alonso (1st 2 votes), CJ Cron, Ronald Acuña Jr., Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Carlos Rodón, Willy Adames, Josh Bell, Eric Hosmer, Matt Olson, Max Scherzer, Rowdy Tellez, Trea Turner, Fernando Tatis Jr., Jeff McNeil, Walker Buehler, Austin Reilly, Josh Hader, Nick Castellanos, Wilson Contreras