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MLB’s MVPs are almost always among the league leaders in the wins above replacement (WAR) stat, which attempts to gauge a player’s overall contribution to his team’s success. To almost no one’s surprise, perennial WAR-horse Mike Trout is again among the leaders one quarter of the way through the 2018 season.

WAR for AL MVP: Mike Trout, Aaron Judge battle it out

Trout is quietly just off the pace of challenging Babe Ruth for the greatest single-season performance in history. The Sultan of Swat compiled 14.1 wins above replacement in the 1923 season.

MIKE TROUT

Trout finished among the AL WAR leaders last year, despite missing 45 games due to a thumb injury. Now, fully recovered, no one will be surprised if he finishes atop the entire league in the stat for the fourth time of his still young career.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.290

Slugging %

.600

AARON JUDGE

New York Yankees slugging-sensation Aaron Judge finished third in WAR last season while winning the Rookie of the Year award. He’s in the thick of things again in 2018, currently sitting in 7th place.

2016-17 Season

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Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.307

Slugging %

.593

MOOKIE BETTS

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished sixth in the AL MVP voting last year, and second the year before that. He currently leads the league in runs, hits, batting average, slugging percentage and total bases.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.364

Slugging %

.734

FRANCISCO LINDOR

Heating up in May, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is currently third in WAR, and is on pace to obliterate his previous season-high of 5.9 WAR.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.314

Slugging %

.600

JOSE ALTUVE

Houston Astros star Jose Altuve led all players in WAR last year on way to being named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He’s considerably off last year’s pace, but a hot summer at the plate could put him right back in the thick of things.

2016-17 Season

0
Games Played
0
Home Runs
0
RBI

Batting Average

.309

Slugging %

.414