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Mike Trout, Angels
Say his numbers are 90% of what they were last year—he'd still hit .293, with 27 home runs and 44 steals. Now imagine that instead of slumping as a soph, he's an even smarter hitter. Scary.
Justin Verlander, Tigers
Last year's balloting was reminiscent of the years when NBA MVP voters ignored Michael Jordan so as not to get bored. Verlander is the MJ of pitching, a singular performer. He's the favorite.
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Jurickson Profar, Rangers
Texas should find 500 at bats for the game's precocious top prospect, enough for the 20-year-old middle infielder to edge out the Rays' Wil Myers and the Indians' Trevor Bauer.