The case for Jacoby Ellsbury as MVP

9/24/2011 - MLB Boston Red Sox
In a crowded AL MVP contender pool, Jacoby Ellsbury has separated himself from the pack. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

Jacoby Ellsbury doesn't lead the league or even his team in any major statistical category. He's hitting .319, well behind Adrian Gonzalez's team- and league-leading .341. His on-base percentage is fourth on the team, and his slugging is third. He's second on the Boston Red Sox in both home runs and everyone's favorite context stat, RBIs.

His 11 runs saved in center field is second to Pedroia's 13 at second base. He does lead the team with 37 stolen bases, but even that is a far cry from his 70 stolen bases in 2009 and 50 in 2010. However, Ellsbury just might be the American League's Most Valuable Player.