3 Stars Who Could Surprise Mike Trout and Steal the AL MVP

Mike Trout
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout | Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Mike Trout isn't human. That much we know.

At just 28 years old, the Los Angeles Angels superstar already has three AL MVPs to his name. Despite playing in just 134 games in 2019 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, Trout still took home the honor after hitting .291/.438/.645 with a 1.083 OPS, 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 111 runs scored, and an 8.3 WAR.

Though Trout has showed no signs of slowing down, don't be surprised if a few stars surprise MLB fans and give him a run for his money for the award. Here are three players that could do just that.

3. Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor | Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

Anybody else think Lindor will be motivated to stick it to the Indians front office over their refusal to give him the contract he covets and deserves? The 26-year-old shortstop has three top-10 finishes in AL MVP voting across his career, and 2020 could be the year he gets over the hump. Lindor is a gamer. He won't let his contract dilemma hinder his performance. Expect a monstrous season and lots of smiles from No. 12 this year.

2. Anthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon, Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler
The Angels formally introduce Anthony Rendon | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Anthony Rendon had an outside shot at the MVP in the loaded National League last season. Now playing alongside Trout, don't be surprised if Tony manages to out-duel him in 2020. Let's not forget that Rendon was an imperative component of the Nationals' world championship. The star third baseman hit .319/.412/.598 with 34 home runs, 126 RBI, 117 runs scored, and a 153 OPS+. Rendon will absolutely be in the running for the MVP bling this season.

1. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Judge | Elsa/Getty Images

This was a no-brainer, folks. Assuming that Judge is able to remain healthy to qualify for the final vote, he'll absolutely be mentioned right alongside Trout. In his last full season (2017), the Yankees world-beater fell just short to Jose Altuve in the MVP race. With that wound fresher than ever after the Astros' embattled offseason, you better bet that Judge will be out for blood in 2020.