Last season, Boston's Mookie Betts and Milwaukee's Christian Yelich each took home their first MVP awards. This season, many of the same names competing for the prestigious award last season are in the conversation again. But what about those who don't immediately come to mind? Let's look at six potential MVP candidates nobody is talking about.
5. Trevor Story
Story often gets overlooked in Colorado because of the stigma that comes with hitting at Coors Field and playing on the same team as Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. But Story has the potential to put together a season worthy of the NL MVP. Last year, he hit 37 home runs with 108 RBI and 27 stolen bases. If he could put together a 40-40 season, he'll get some attention.
4. Marcell Ozuna
After putting together a career year in his Miami finale in 2017, Ozuna's first year in St. Louis was a bit of a letdown. Ozuna hit just 23 home runs and 88 RBI, and his batting average dropped by 32 points. However, now that he's settled into the Cardinals organization and the addition of Paul Goldschmidt should take the pressure off, Ozuna is primed for a bounce-back year.
3. Xander Bogaerts
When two of your teammates are finalists for last year's MVP Award, there's no doubt that you would be overlooked heading into the next season. Had he played for any other team, Bogaerts' 2018 campaign would have gotten way more attention. Hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 103 RBI, it was a career year for Bogaerts, and if he can shake off his postseason struggles and get back on that horse this year, the Sox could win the AL MVP again.
2. Anthony Rendon
Now that Bryce Harper is all but assured to not be returning to the Nationals, Rendon takes over as the man in their lineup. Rendon hit .308 last year with 24 home runs and 92 RBI, but his .981 fielding percentage is among the best for third baseman. Tony Two-Bags also finished the season tied for first in the NL in doubles. With Harper out of the way, Rendon will be the talk of the town in D.C.
1. Alex Bregman
He's not underrated or not being considered by any means, but he's definitely not being talked about as much as he should. Bregman was the engine for the Astros last year as the team dealt with countless injuries throughout the season. Bregman slugged an AL-leading 51 doubles and added 31 bombs and 103 RBI in 157 games. He batted .286 with a .926 OPS. If the Astros stay healthy this year, he's going to definitely improve upon those numbers.