2020 MLB Season: top 5 NL East MVP candidates, ranked

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his third inning home run against the Atlanta Braves as he runs the bases at Citi Field on September 28, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 3-0. The home run was Alonso's 53rd of the season setting a new rookie record. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates his third inning home run against the Atlanta Braves as he runs the bases at Citi Field on September 28, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 3-0. The home run was Alonso's 53rd of the season setting a new rookie record. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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2020 MLB Season: Top 5 NL East MVP candidates

Juan Soto – Washington Nationals

With Anthony Rendon playing his ball with the Los Angeles Angels, Juan Soto is now the best position player on the Washington Nationals.

Soto put up 34 home runs, 110 RBI and a .949. OPS. over 150 games in 2019, at the age of 20. He finished ninth on the ballot for MVP. The Nationals are looking for him to make the stride from stud to superstar and carry this team back to the postseason.

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He has immense power for someone so young and is going to be the best position player on Washington this season. If Soto builds off of his 2019 season, he is going to be a likely MVP candidate.

Also, he walked 108 times in 150 games. Pitchers are afraid to pitch to him. He is a lethal bat in the middle of Washington’s order. He is a smart baseball player with a good eye.

Soto is emerging as one of the young stars in this league. He is going to be around for a long, long time. MLB.com already has him ranked as the 11th best player in the league. Soto has a good chance to win his first Silver Slugger this season. Expect Soto to get a few first-place votes.