MLB Award Finalists and Predictions
AL Rookie of the Year Finalist:
Carlos Correra, Houston Astros
Correra of the Astros, who just recently turned 21 years old made an impact as soon as he made the big leagues for the Astros. The young shortstop had a dazzling season, supporting a .279 batting clip, showing rare power from the middle infield knocking in 22 homers, and driving in 69 runs. Correra also played a stellar shortstop and is in the middle of the core franchise for the Astros.
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indiana
Lindor, the young shortstop of Indians just 22 years old has an impressive rookie season. Lindor came up to the big leagues known for his defense and speed, but Lindor also demonstrated his contact and power as he hit .313, clubbing 12 homers while driving in 51 runs.
Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
The Dominican third basement Miguel Sano also endured a sensation rookie season for the Twins. Sano played in 80 games, batting .269, while smashing 18 homers and driving in 52 runs. It can be argued that Sano should have been called up sooner, was on pace to hit 38 home runs throughout a full season.
Prediction: Carlos Correra, Houston Astros
NL Rookie of the Year Finalist:
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
Kris Bryant, the Young Third basemen for the Cubbies impressed in his rookie year, and showcased the power that made him a hot topic in spring training. Bryant finished the year batting .275, while smashing 26 homers, and driving in 99 runs. as well as showing off some speed swiping 13 bases.
Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
Matt Duffy, 24 years old was a surprise rookie that took off for the Giants and kept his own in the big leagues. Duffy hit .295, while hitting 12 homers, and driving in 77 runs while playing a majority of his time at 2B.
Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburg Pirates
Jung Ho Kang came overseas after the Pirates won the bid posted by the Nexen Heroes where Kang previously played in the KBO League. Kang fared well and transitioned smoothly as he batted .287, while hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs before having his season cut short after sustaining a torn MCL.
Prediction: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
AL MVP Finalist:
Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Donaldson of the Blue Jays had a spectacular season, one year after being traded from Oakland. Donaldson batted .297 on the year, crushing 41 homers and driving in 123 RBI. As he helped the Blue Jays end their playoff drought.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Trout, arguably the best player in baseball put together another stellar performance for the Angeles. He supports a .299 BA, clubbed 41 homers and drove in 90 Runs for the Halos. Trout also played stellar defense in Center Field, as we’re finding his overall play a continuance of greatness.
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
Cain put together his best season for the Champion Royals. Cain batted at a high clip, holding a BA of .307, showing his power clubbing 16 homers and driving in 72 runs as well as playing great defense in Center.
Prediction: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
NL MVP Finalist:
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Harper whose past season was derailed by injuries was able to finally stay healthy for the majority of the season and able to string his talents together. Harper’s biggest accomplishment was staying on the field for 153 games this past season as he supported a .330 BA, while smashing 42 homers and driving in 99 RBI for the Nationals
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
The veteran Votto, similar to Harper whose past season was affected by injury was also able to stay healthy this past season and played 158 games for the Reds. He had a bounce back year and posted a .314 BA, clubbed 29 home runs and drove in 90 runs.
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt, the face of the franchise in Arizona delivered another strong campaign for the Diamondbacks as he batted .321, smashing 33 homers and drove in 110 runs as well as stealing 21 bases.
Prediction: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
AL Cy Young Finalist:
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
Keuchel, the bearded lefty just 27 years old continued his good play from the year before. Keuchel had a strong season as he went 20-8, while supporting a 2.48 ERA across 232 innings in 33 games as he was the ace of the staff and lead the Astros to their first playoff game since 2005.
David Price, Toronto Blue Jays
Price, who was acquired by the Blue Jays helped propel his team into the playoffs, being the ace they needed. Price who split the season between Detroit and Toronto went 18-5, with a 2.45 ERA over 220.1 innings in 32 games. Price was as good as anyone down the stretch for Blue Jays going 9-1 with a 2.30 ERA
Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
Gray the youngest of the finalists at 26 years old pitched well for the A’s. He went 14-7, pitching to a 2.75 ERA over 208 innings in 31 games. Gray is arguably the biggest bargain in baseball as he made $512,500 last season as the ace of the staff.
Prediction: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
NL Cy Young Finalist:
Zach Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Greinke had the 2nd best pitching performance throughout the season in Dodgers history as he went 19-3, an NL leading 1.66 ERA over 222.2 innings in 32 games. Greinke was a beast, delivering for the Dodgers each time he stepped on the mound.
Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
Arrieta had a spectacular season for the Cubs as he was as hot as any pitcher can be posting a 0.75 ERA as well as throwing a No-No for the Cubs after the All Star break. Arrieta was lights out down the stretch and led the young squad to October. Overall for the season Arrieta went 22-6, had a 1.77 ERA in 229 innings over 33 games.
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw the reigning CY Young Award winner, who has 3 CY Young awards and an MVP award under his belt underperformed to his standards. But he was still able to put together another great season overall going 16-7, had a 2.31 ERA across 232.2 innings over 33 games.
Prediction: Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
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