Dodgers: Who Should be the Dodgers Team MVP?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Cody Bellinger
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 20: Cody Bellinger /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Chris Taylor /

Chris Taylor came into spring training without a roster spot. Through the dog days of March, he was battling with Kike Hernandez for the utility spot on the Dodgers roster. Kike ultimately won the battle because of his versatility on the defensive side, particularly with his experience in the outfield. Taylor had never played the outfield coming into this season.

Well, a few injuries later a spot opened up for Taylor to prove himself in the outfield. And boy did he deliver. Taylor slashed an impressive .288/.354/.496 with 21 home runs and 17 stolen bases while taking over the starting centerfield job.

Taylor posted an impressive 4.7 WAR in his first full season as a big leaguer. He was the spark plug to the Dodgers lineup becoming the leadoff man the Dodgers desperately needed once Andrew Toles went down.

Taylor’s season came out of nowhere. He wasn’t supposed to be a big part of the team this season. But little did Dodger fans know, he became one of the most critical pieces of the team. He brought stability to the outfield patrolling centerfield, and also was crucial to the lineup’s success with the power-speed combination to start a game. Taylor is a very strong candidate for team MVP.