MLB: 6 Early Season MVP Candidates

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Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals:

Apr 28, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) makes the catch during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Some people would argue Bryce Harper is more valuable to the Washington Nationals than their star pitcher, Stephen Strasburg. Harper is hitting .312 and has an impressive nine home runs and an OPS of 1.033 (he’s ranked fourth in the NL for home runs and fourth for OPS). Harper got off to a hot start, and, even though he’s a bit banged up, expect him to continue to perform well for the remainder of the season.