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MLB Player Awards Predictions

We are about 65 games into the 2015 MLB Regular Season and it has been an exciting season so far. Here are my early predictions for this year’s awards:

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AL Rookie of the Year: Steven Souza Jr., Tampa Bay Rays OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.216 12 29 .321

Many questioned the Rays decision to give up on heralded prospect Wil Myers. However, the Rays have been rewarded with a  tremendous source of power in the outfield. Souza is an older rookie at 26 years old, but his power is promising. With 12 home runs in 60 games, Souza is giving the middle of the Rays’ lineup some power to complement Evan Longoria.

Runners Up:

Carlos Correa, Houston Astros OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.310 2 4 .333

Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
3.86 2-1 43 1.65

Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers 3B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.279 4 7 .380

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NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs 3B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.294 7 35 .403

Bryant has been heralded as a super-prospect since being drafted 2nd in the 2013 MLB Draft. He went right through the Cubs farm system and was called up on April 17th. The hype for Bryant’s debut was unbelievably high. He has been an excellent player for the Cubs near the top of the order. Bryant and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are a tremendous power duo for the Cubs. Bryant may only have 7 home runs to his name, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he finished with over 25 for the season.

Runners Up:

Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.249 17 33 .388

Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies 3B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.274 6 16 .317

Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates SS

AVG HR RBI OBP
.280 3 22 .362

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AL Cy Young: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
2.04 8-2 76 0.95

Keuchel has been dominant all year long for the first place Astros. Keuchel has dominated in the hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park posting a 1.62 ERA in 55.2 innings and a 6-0 record. If Keuchel continues to pitch lights out and the Astros make the playoffs, then he should be able to lock down this award.

Runners Up:

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
3.38 9-3 82 1.04

Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
1.60 8-3 88 0.93

David Price, Detroit Tigers P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
2.44 6-2 82 1.12

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NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
1.93 7-5 113 0.88

Many thought it was absurd to give a pitcher like Scherzer so much money because of his small sample size; however, Scherzer has been his same dominant self. His stuff is electric and he’s getting hitters to whiff at a very high rate. This is going to be a tight race for the Cy Young, but Scherzer has the edge if he can pitch his team into the playoffs.

Runners Up:

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
3.21 5-3 112 1.06

Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
1.71 10-2 93 1.08

Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers P

ERA W-L SO WHIP
1.95 5-2 75 0.97

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AL Most Valuable Player: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays 3B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.309 17 45 .362

Donaldson and the Jays are on FIRE. They are the MLB leader in runs by a whopping 66 runs. They have an unbelievable power offense that features Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Donaldson. Donaldson’s power has turned Toronto into a winning team that has won 11 of their last 12. He is clobbering the baseball right now and is 3rd in the AL in RBIs with 45.

Runners Up:

Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.317 18 41 .374

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.297 18 39 .381

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers 1B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.344 14 47 .444

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NL Most Valuable Player: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks 1B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.366 18 53 .484

Goldschmidt is one of the least talked about players in all of baseball, but he is putting up ridiculous numbers. He has been coming together now for the last couple of seasons and this year he has continued his development. If he stays hot, he could potentially go for the triple crown. The D-Backs are a young team and Goldy will be the face of the franchise for years to come.

Runners Up:

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.337 21 51 .473

Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs 1B

AVG HR RBI OBP
.307 11 37 .423

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins OF

AVG HR RBI OBP
.261 23 59 .349

About Dylan Bernstein

Dylan Bernstein is a sports writer from Long Island, New York. He currently writes and manages 360 Sports Blog after spending the last two years working for Static Sports and Netsdaily News. His favorite teams are the Brooklyn Nets, New York Yankees, New York Islanders, New York Jets and Duke NCAA Men's Basketball.

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