The Major League Baseball season has been underway for about four weeks, and players are emerging as contenders for Major League Baseball’s top awards already.

While it is early, players can put themselves in a prime position to be an award winner at the end of the season with a superb start to the season, so let’s take a look at the top candidate for the Most Valuable Player award in both the American League and National League.

American League

Juan Soto, NYY

Soto has been exactly what the Yankees expected him to be when they acquired him in early December. He has not only transformed their lineup but has carried them in the early going as 2022 AL MVP Aaron Judge has struggled to start the year. Through games on April 23rd, Soto has hit .322 with a .439 OBP, .522 SLG, .991 OPS, and 189 OPS+. This includes five homers, 14 runs, and 20 RBI, as he has led the Yankees to a 16-8 record, the best in the American League East so far.

As someone in his walk year with a brand new team, Soto is setting himself to earn a big payday this offseason that could get even bigger if he adds his first career MVP award to his mantle.

National League

Mookie Betts, LAD

In a loaded Dodgers lineup that added Shohei Ohtani this past offseason, Betts has stood above all in the early weeks of the season. Serving as the starting shortstop of Los Angeles, Betts is hitting .355 with a .469 OBP, .634 SLG, 1.103 OPS, and 207 OPS+. He has hit six homers, scored 24 runs, and has 19 RBI.

Betts has been the main driving force for a Dodgers team that currently leads the NL West with a 14-11 record.

Honorable Mentions

AL: Jose Altuve (HOU), Bobby Witt Jr. (KCR)

NL: Marcel Ozuna (ATL), Willy Adames (MIL)

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