In 2015 we saw Bryce Harper run away with the MVP honors. In 2016 we saw Daniel Murphy lead the National League in batting average and help lead the Nationals to a NL East title. Don't forget that he finished in the top tier of last year's MVP voting as well. So, if this rate continues, who's going to have the MVP season this year? Bryce Harper? Can Daniel Murphy continue his success? So who's my pick? None other than 23 year old shortstop Trea Turner.
In 324 plate appearances in 2016, Turner hit .342 with 13 HRs and 33 stolen bases. Don't forget about how his on-base percentage was 44% higher than league average. This wasn't a fluke either. This spring training Turner hit .314 with 3 HRs in 24 games. Not to shabby.
Watch me just jinx his entire season, but in all seriousness the kid can play. It's too early in the regular season to really have an idea of how he's going to do ( just 1-8 so far ), but what we do know is what he's capable of doing, and that is contending for the NL MVP crown. So, Harper in 2015, Murphy in 2016, and Turner in 2017? We'll wait and see.