The 27-year-old Altuve is a hitting machine who’s on his way to his fourth straight 200-hit season and his third batting title. After finishing third in last year’s AL MVP vote, he’s put himself at the forefront of this year’s race while setting career bests in all three slash stats (.361 batting average, .421 on-base percentage, .570 slugging percentage) and leading the league in both WAR (6.4) and OPS+ (173). The only other post-1900 5'6" player to lead his league in WAR and win MVP is Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (6.7 WAR in 1950).
Total players: 3
Honorable mention: None (Alexi Amarista and Tony Kemp are the others)