The 2019 baseball season is here. So let’s take a way too early look at who the favorites are to take home some of the MLB’s awards.
American League MVP:
Mike Trout, Angels
The recently paid center fielder is an obvious front runner for the MVP every year. He has two such trophies sitting at home already, and has been the runner-up four times.
Who could challenge the $430 million dollar man?
Mookie Betts, Red Sox
The 2018 AL MVP had the best season of his young career last year. He could perhaps repeat and once again take home the hardware. He benefits from being on a better team than Trout, offering more RBI opportunities.
Aaron Judge, Yankees
No sophomore slump for the Yankees right fielder last year. Depsite missing 53 games, he still crushed 27 homeruns and 67 RBI’s. A full season for the Bronx bomber could be enough for an MVP.
Others in contention: Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, JD Martinez, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez
National League MVP:
Corey Seager, Dodgers
After missing almost all of last year due to tommy-john surgery. The LA shortstop is primed for a comeback campaign. A great spring for Seager and Co. has everyone buzzing about the Dodgers chances of dominating the National league this year.
Who else? The National league certainly feels a little more of a wide open race for the MVP. That being said, here’s a few others that could easily bring it home.
Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
The right handed slugger could settle in nicely with his new team that desperately needs to get back to the postseason.
Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Another guy who got paid that has to earn his money. The hot corner in Colorado features one of the games best. Benefitting from a hitter friendly ballpark could hurt his chances.
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Looking to bounce back from an injury plagued 2018. The Cubs third baseman looks to return to his old form that won him the MVP in 2016.
Others in the race: Christian Yelich, Javier Baez, Bryce Harper, Ronald Acuña Jr
American League Cy Young:
Justin Verlander, Astros
The hard throwing right hander has been one of the most consistent aces in baseball for several years. Totaling 200+ strikeouts in 3 straight seasons.
Others in the hunt:
Chris Sale, Red Sox
Approaching thirty years old, Sale is trying to return to 2017 form when he threw 308 strikeouts.
Blake Snell, Rays
21 wins a year ago, the reigning Cy young winner is on a repeat mission. Tampa needs him to dominate if they want a playoff berth.
Others who could win: Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Luis Severino, Gerrit Cole
National League Cy Young:
Max Scherzer, Nationals
No one has dominated the mound quite like the Nats ace. 230+ strikeouts in 7 straight seasons, including 300 last year.
In the hunt:
Jacob DeGrom, Mets
A historic 2018 for New York’s ace makes him an obvious favorite for the Cy Young. The question is, how long can he sustain this dominance?
Patrick Corbin, Nationals
Washington’s number 2 starter had his best year as a pro last season with the Diamondbacks. 246 strikeouts, and a 3.15 era.
Others in contention: Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Nola
American League Rookie of the year:
Eloy Jiménez, White Sox
You were expecting Vlad Guerrero Jr weren’t you? It could definitely be him if he stays healthy. I’m however taking the 22 year old outfielder from Chicago who got $43 million dollars before ever playing a major league game.
Other kids who could win:
Vlad Guerrero Jr, Blue Jays
The most hyped prospect in years is the favorite in many people’s eyes. Raw power mixed with excellent plate discipline, has Vlad looking like a veteran already.
Who else: Kyle Tucker, Yusei Kikuchi
National League Rookie of the year:
Fernando Tatis Jr, Padres
Just announced he made the major league roster. Tatis Jr and Manny Machado are the future of San Diego.
Who else could win?
Victor Robles, Nationals
Bryce Harper’s replacement will be a nice compliment to Juan Soto. The Nationals have a good young core to build around.
Other rookies: Alex Reyes, Brendan Rodgers, Nick Senzel, Peter Alonso
AL Manager of the year:
Rocco Baldelli, Twins
Good young prospects, mixed with a few veteran additions should have the Twins competing for a playoff spot in a weak division. Making Rocco the hero.
Others: Kevin Cash, Rick Renteria, Aaron Boone, Brad Ausmus
NL Manager of the year:
Mike Shildt, Cardinals
Since taking over for Mike Matheny last year, Shildt made his club better. A return to postseason play could lock up the award for the new skipper.
Others: Gabe Kapler, Bud Black, Dave Martinez