Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Baseball Rumors 101 Season Awards

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
It is hard to match a monster 2012 but Cabrera did the best he did and he certainly did a great job as he hit .348 (1st and higher than 2012), 44 homers (same as last year), 137 RBIs (2 less than last year). He showed he was definitely in the prime of his career. He played in 13 less games than last season as he struggled with some injuries in the final month of the season. His overall numbers were much better and he is one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. He also played solid defense at third base despite mainly playing 1B in his career.

AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer
It has only happened 18 times where the Cy Young winner and the MVP came from the same team, but Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer seem likely to make it 19. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts. He pitched a robust 214.1 innings and struck out 240 with 56 walks.  He had a career year this season and it should end with some hardware. He is 28 and is in his prime so expect another similar year next season.

AL Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers
In a season with a very weak AL Rookie Class it was easy to spot out one player that was the best in Wil Myers. Myers came up in June to the Rays and proceeded to be a key part of the Rays offense as he hit .293 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs. He only batted 373 times but they were ABs where he was helping the team.

NL MVP Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen was one of the main reasons the Pirates made the playoffs. He hit .317 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs. He stole 28 bases which was his 3rd straight 20-20 season. His numbers were down from last year where he was also an MVP deserving player. He is on the rise at the age of 26 and I would expect some great seasons from him in the future.

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw is one of the best up and coming pitchers in baseball. He is 25 years old and already has a Cy Young to his belt and with an absolutely dominating season on the mound he seems likely to make it 2. He went 16-9 on the year with an incredible 1.83 ERA in 236 innings pitched and he piled up 232 strikeouts with only 52 walks. He make opponents looks foolish and he absolutely deserves this honor.

NL Rookie of the Year: Yasiel Puig
Despite coming up in the beginning of June Yasiel Puig had a season of a superstar with a .319 average with 19 homers and 42 RBIs. He stole 11 bases (but was caught 9 times). He got off to an amazing start by showing his hitting ability and his absolute rocket of an arm. He has been known as being a flashy player with his bat flips and he tends to avoid the media.

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