Here we go with the MVP Ladder as of July 12th, 2015. Starting off, keep in mind that the Red Sox and Padres have each played 10 games, while the Twins and Blue Jays have only played 8. Note my last post on how I come up with these rankings. Nothing personal here, I'm just ranking players in the order I would vote for them for MVP.
1. Sam Essen, Red Sox: I'm gonna be nice to Sam. Although he plays for the most try-hard team in the league which leads to inflated RBI numbers (25), I have to hand it to him and say he has played great this season. He has the most plate appearances in the league (again, due to his team not letting up in blowouts) which also contributes to more stats than other players. I am too lazy to go super in-depth and analyze other MVP candidate's stat outlooks if they had more PA. Congrats rookie! You've made it to the top of an MVP list that no one reads except probably you
2. Derek Dust, Padres: He is the best power hitter in the league. Even hitting multiple homers while batting lefty vs. the Twins. He has a solid batting average and is well liked by opponents because he swings the bat and doesn't take a lot of walks. Can "the ringer" bring home an MVP award in his first year at Shed Field? That is up to the voters and I will be #VotingDerek.
3. Joe Cronin, Twins: Wow, I am in a really good mood right now. Giving my bro the #3 spot simply because he hit well against me recently. Although I slowed down my pitching because the Twins like to complain when they can't get their offense started. he hit some of my "faster" pitches. He finally got his stats up among the league leaders, where they should stay for the remainder of the season.
4. Tony Thompson, Twins: He put the team on his back to help the SFWL Loons qualify for the NWLA National Tournament. In my opinion, the rookie of the year. He missed 3 games for the Twins which is the only reason he is at 4. He would probably be 1 or 2 if not for those missed games. He is the Twins ace and is their top hitter. A strong finish from Tony would push him into MVP contention.
5. Thomas Randolph, Twins: He impressed everyone with a strong 3 games vs. the Padres. He now leads the league with a .611 average. Keep in mind he only has 21 plate appearance compared to Sam Essen's 53. Thomas always seems to put on a show when he plays. Doubtful he keeps up his numbers, but he is hot right now.
It's getting late and I don't want to think too much. Here are some quick thoughts about other top players:
Howard Cronin, Blue Jays: The man has 24 K's. Get him some run support and better defense and he is the CLEAR #2 ace in the league.
Seth Nilsen, Red Sox: great no-hitter vs. the Blue Jays, but just saying that against any other team that would not have been a no-no.
John Cronin, Padres: oh yeah, I didn't put myself in these rankings because I don't feel like talking about myself.
David Johnson and Andy Lehman: 2 Red Sox with good stats because they play in a high-profile offense. Look at their batting averages and you will see that they are quite mediocre players. David can throw some gas though.
Erik Essen, Red Sox: most underrated player in the league, seriously will be a star in the next couple years.
Leonard and Yvonne Cronin, Blue Jays: Important pieces to the Blue Jays puzzle. Give them some prospects to mentor!