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MLB Awards: Early NL MVP Young Award Favorites

The 2024 MLB season is heading into June and that means teams are solidifying themselves for the rest of the year.

Now only teams, but players alike are finding their groove at this point of the year. In the National League, there are many options for the MVP award, with one players standing out above others.

Below, check out the early list of candidates for the NL MVP award.

4. William Contreras, Milwaukee Brewers

William Contreras is making a bid to be the first catcher to win an MVP award since Buster Posey back in 2012. In 54 games this season, Contreras is hitting .324 with eight home runs and 43 RBI. He leads the National League with 44 runs scored. He has made a great impact for Milwaukee this season as his career continues to take big steps forward at 26 years old.

3. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies

Bryce Harper is no stranger to this conversation as a two-time NL MVP. He is in talks once again, which would be his second win with the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper is hitting .267 this season, which could hold him back against the rest of the field. If this number rises over the summer months, Harper will be deeper into talks. He has 13 home runs and 41 RBI this season to go with nine doubles. Harper continues to get on base at a high clip with 34 walks and an OBP of .377. He also carried a .901 OPS.

2. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Dodgers

Is it possible to live up to a contract worth $700 million? We won’t know that until next season when Shohei Ohtani takes the mound again but it is clear that his injury did not cause a problem at the dish.

Ohtani is currently batting .329 with an OBP of .395. He is among the NL leaders in many stats including home runs (13), hits (71), and runs scored (40). Ohtani has driven in 35 runs at the top of a Dodgers’ lineup that features three former MVPs.

1. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Mookie Betts is another former MVP on this list and is putting up one of his best years of his career. In 56 games this season, Betts is hitting .338, which leads the league. His OBP of .430 comes with an OPS of .966. Betts leads the NL in plate appearances with 258 and has done major damage in those. This includes eight home runs, 31 RBI, 14 doubles, and three triples. Betts has transitioned bad into the infield at shortstop but it has not impacted his ability to be an elite offensive player.


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