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Early Award Predictions

Winter is beginning to fade away and spring is just around the corner. The light at the end of the tunnel is finally approaching and I could not be more excited. Spring Training games have commenced, albeit they most likely bore you to tears after the third or fourth inning, so let’s give you guys something to look forward to. How do predictions for the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP sound?

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This year there are two distinct favorites for the Rookie of the year award. Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves will run away with this award in the National League. Swanson played just 38 games after being called up at the end of the 2016 season. In his limited time in the Big’s, Swanson showed exactly why he was drafted first overall in 2015. The 23 year old does it all. Swanson is smooth in the field, can hit for average, steal bags, and has shown some pop in his bat. Swanson debuted in the middle of August and still finished with a .302 Avg., 3 home runs, 17 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases in just 38 games. Another year of experience will be extremely valuable for Swanson and should propel him to the next level of stardom.

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From the American league I see Red Sox young stud, Andrew Benintendi taking home the Rookie of the Year award. Most Red Sox fans fell in love with Benintendi last season after his debut on August 2nd. Benintendi hit .295 with 2 home runs and 14 RBIs, in just 34 games. These numbers aren’t jaw-dropping but they show the potential that Benintendi has. At the age of 22, he is poised to take over the everyday role in Left field, with the Green Monster looming over him.

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In 2016 Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello took the league by storm, receiving the Cy Young Award in their respective leagues. This year I see the honor going to Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber. Kershaw is an extremely safe pick, seeing that he is constantly dominant year in and year out. Last season was an enigma for Kershaw. He suffered through a nagging back injury that kept him to just 21 starts. With that being said, Kershaw still finished with a 12-4 record and an outrageous 1.69 ERA. If Kershaw can stay healthy, there is no question in my mind that he can win his 4th Cy Young in 7 years.

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Corey Kluber took the bull by the horns last year, finishing in third place for the Cy Young just behind Justin Verlander and Porcello. Kluber took his amazing statistics into the playoffs where he continued to dominate, leading the Indians to the World Series. Kluber has been a silent killer for the past three years. Staying out of the headlines, Kluber continues to produce amazing numbers as the ace of one of baseball’s best rotations.

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Now the moment you have all been waiting for; the MVP award. It would be a safe choice to pick Mike Trout and Kris Bryant but this year is going to be different. These players will obviously have sensational seasons but in 2017 Nolan Arenado and Jose Altuve will take home the award. Arenado doesn’t get much attention playing in Colorado but has been one of the best players in the MLB for the past two seasons. At 25, Arenado is a 4 time Gold Glove winner and 2 time Silver Slugger. Arenado will be turning 26 this year, baseball players prime. Over his four seasons, his statistics have continued to escalate. This year will be no different. Even though the Rockies are going nowhere fast, Arenado has certainly earned his spot as one of baseball’s best players.

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Jose Altuve has owned the American League for the past three seasons. Standing at just 5’6” and weighing 165 pounds, you would think Altuve would be better suited as a jockey rather than a MVP candidate. Altuve has proven that he is a 5 tool player. Altuve has 600+ hits over the course of the last three seasons and can still hit the long ball, racking up 24 last season. The Astros are poised to have a bounce back season this year, giving Altuve a better chance at winning the MVP award.

Keep an eye out for these players. All of them are stars or stars in the making. This year is going to be a fun one, make sure you strap in for the long ride.

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MVP Madness

One month remains in the regular season, which means the playoffs are just around the corner. Divisional races are getting tighter and tighter and each game becomes pivotal for teams fighting for a playoff spot. Many teams continue to scratch and claw through the dog days of August in hopes to become the next World Series champion. Several divisional races are separated by just a few games, but the closest race in the MLB may not be what you expect. The race for the Most Valuable Player seems to be just as intense.

My top 3 players for MVP are as follows:

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#3 Mike Trout

In Mike Trout standards, he is having an off year. The former Most Valuable Player has notched 22 homeruns, 75 RBIs and is hitting a solid .311. The 25 year-old phenom is always going to be in the MVP conversation. Trout is as well rounded as you can possibly get. He hits for power, average, is a wizard in the field, and has above average speed, accumulating 19 stolen bases in just 21 attempts. Trout has shown how brilliant of a ballplayer he is from past years, finishing either first or second in the MVP voting each of the past 4 years. In 2014 Trout won the MVP, totaling 36 homeruns and 111 RBIs. Clearly, Trout’s stats are down from a few years ago, but his numbers are nothing to scoff at. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by an abysmal team that is going nowhere. This limits Trout’s chances of taking home his second MVP title.

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#2 Mookie Betts/ David Ortiz

I couldn’t decide between which Red Sox player to put on the list so I had to include both. Ortiz and Betts are having years for the record books. Betts, who just had his second 3 homerun game this season, has surprised everybody with how much pop he has in his bat. In just his second full season in the Bigs, Betts has amassed 26 homeruns, 84 RBIs, and a .313 Average. To put this in perspective, Betts ranks in the top 10 in homeruns, the top 5 in RBIs and is in the top 3 for Average. Betts also is no slouch on the bases, stealing 18 bags in just 21 attempts.

It is startling to see Mookie at the age of 23 and Ortiz almost double his age, at 40 years old, have such productive seasons. Ortiz has been consistent year round, hitting 27 homeruns, knocking in 92 RBIs, and accumulating a .312 Average. Not too shabby for a 40 year-old man. If I were to put Betts against Ortiz in an MVP discussion I would have to give the edge to Betts. Mookie shows his brilliance in many other ways than just with his bat. He continues to grow as an outfielder and could quite possibly be considered one of the best Right Fielders in the game. Ortiz on the other hand, brings just his bat to the table, which is certainly not a problem for those Red Sox fans out there. Betts can do things that Ortiz simply cannot do, which is why I’d be more inclined to vote Mookie for MVP.

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#1 Jose Altuve

This guy is an absolute freak! Standing at just 5 feet and 5 inches tall, Altuve has shown how he doesn’t back down from any pitcher. This year the second baseman has hit 19 homeruns, knocked in 73 RBIs, and has hit an outrageous .362, absolutely stunning numbers from the shortest active player in the MLB. Altuve’s .362 batting average is .048 points better than Yunel Escobar, who ranks second. Not only does Altuve do it in the batter’s box, but he also impresses on the base paths. Altuve has swiped 26 bags, putting him in the top three in stolen bases.

Between Betts and Altuve, the race is extremely close, but the edge as of right now has to go to Altuve because of his batting average. In today’s game, hitting over .330 is unheard of. Altuve is showing that the impossible may just be possible. With about a month and a half to go in the season, any of these four players could be named MVP. We will have to sit back, crack open a cold one and watch THE tightest race in baseball unfold.