The other day Jake gave out his midseason awards. But now I’m handing out my midseason awards.
Most Valuable Player – Mike Trout, CF (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Every year Trout seems to just miss out of the MVP award, but if it was up to me, he’d be getting this one. He continues to prove that he’s the best player in baseball, currently slashing .323/.425/.574 with 18 home runs. He also has 12 stolen bases and plays above average defense in center field. He is a complete player and no one in baseball is better.
Cy Young Award – Danny Salazar, RHP (Cleveland Indians)
This is going to be a close race in the second half, but right now I’d give Danny Salazar the nod. He’s 10-3 and leads the AL in ERA (2.36). Salazar is striking guys out a rate of 10.27 batters per 9 innings, giving him a total of 113 on the season.
Rookie of the Year – Michael Fulmer, RHP (Detroit Tigers)
Michael Fulmer is my AL rookie of the year right now. He’s 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA in 13 starts with the Tigers. He’s not giving up home runs and he’s leaving runners on base. He gives the Tigers a formidable rotation to make a run at the Wild Card spot in the second half.
Manager of the Year – Terry Francona (Cleveland Indians)
The Indians currently have the second best record in the American League and recently came off a 15 game win-streak. Francona has had to cope with the hole left by Michael Brantley, as well as the suspension of Marlon Byrd. But he’s proven he’s up to the task, still putting his team in a position to win games.
Comeback Player of the Year – Hanley Ramirez, 1B (Boston Red Sox)
Ramirez is currently slashing .287/.365/.436, a major improvement over last year, where he ended the season with a negative fWAR. He gets the nod over Darvish right now, but by the end of the season that could be a different story, assuming Darvish is healthy after the All-Star Break.
Most Valuable Player – Kris Bryant, 3B /OF (Chicago Cubs)
I’m excluding Kershaw, because I don’t believe pitchers should receive the MVP award so Kris Bryant is my National League MVP. He’s slashing .278/.370/.578 and has 25 home runs. He’s shown an ability to play multiple positions and he currently leads the NL in fWAR with 4.3.
Cy Young Award – Clayton Kershaw, LHP (Los Angeles Dodgers)
There is no way this award doesn’t go to Clayton Kershaw. It’s a waste of time to even consider other candidates. He’s in a league of his own, and this is in a National League stacked with exceptional pitchers. He doesn’t walk guys and he doesn’t give up home runs. His ERA 1.79 and his FIP is 1.68. FanGraphs puts his WAR at 5.4. The next closest pitcher is Noah Syndergaard at 3.7. There is no way that if awards were given out today that Clayton Kershaw would not win.
Rookie of the Year – Corey Seager, SS (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Corey Seager gets this award. He’s not just the best rookie in the National League, but he’s the best shortstop in the National League, and is currently second in the NL in fWAR. He’s hitting .303 with a .900 OPS. He’s probably the most hyped rookie in the league this season, and he’s definitely delivering.
Manager of the Year – Bruce Bochy (San Francisco Giants)
Bruce Bochy’s name turns up every year and for good reason. He’s one of the best managers in baseball. He’s won three world series with the Giants and they look like contenders this year. The Giants currently boast the best record in the NL with a record of 54-33 and that’s with a number of key players injured. Many teams would have fallen off, but Bochy has him team holding steady.
Comeback Player of the Year – Jose Fernandez, RHP (Miami Marlins)
Jose Fernandez spent large amounts of time out of action the last two seasons. But this season he’s been healthy, and has truly cemented himself as one of the game’s premier arms. He has absolutely electric stuff resulting in a 13.10 K/9, the highest in the game. His ERA is only 2.69. And his FIP of 2.19 is third best in baseball. If the National League wasn’t stacked with starting pitching, you’d be looking at a serious Cy Young contender.