With the end of the MLB season looming, it is time to predict who will be winning the end of season awards. The following are my Cy Young, MVP, and Rookie of the Year predictions for both the American and National League.
American League MVP: Nelson Cruz
The American League MVP is a veteran in the league who still continues to rake despite being in the later stages of his career. Despite some tough competition, it is going to be awarded to the designated hitter from the Minnesota Twins, Nelson Cruz. At the time of writing, Cruz is hitting .333 with 15 homers and 31 RBIs. He has an OPS of 1.089 and a slugging percentage of .667, while also racking up 50 hits and 30 runs scored. Did I mention that he is 40 years old as well? Cruz has shown that age is not a factor in how good of a player you are, which is why he is my pick for AL MVP.
National League MVP: Fernando Tatis Jr.
This prediction is not a shocker. Padres’ star Fernando Tatis Jr. has emerged as the face of the MLB this season down in “Slam” Diego. He is hitting .303 with 15 home runs, which leads the National League, and 40 RBIs. He has an OPS of 1.031, a slugging percentage of .635, 54 hits, 46 runs, and is showing no signs of slowing down. On top of all that, this kid is still only 21. Tatis Jr. has shown that he is going to be a superstar player for years to come and he is, without question, my pick for NL MVP.
American League Cy Young: Shane Bieber.
Cleveland Indians’ starter Shane Bieber is the clear frontrunner for AL Cy Young. Bieber has a 7-1 record with 102 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.53, all of which lead the majors. Bieber is also the only pitcher in baseball to have at least 100 strikeouts with the next highest player having just 82 strikeouts. He supports a WHIP of 0.87 and an opponent batting average of .174. At this point, the AL Cy Young is Bieber’s to lose, which seems highly unlikely.
National League Cy Young: Trevor Bauer
Prior to this season, Cincinnati Reds ace Trevor Bauer was best known for throwing a ball over the centerfield fence in frustration at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City; however, this season, Bauer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. He has a 4-3 record with an ERA of 1.74, a WHIP of 0.79, 71 strikeouts, two complete games, an opponent batting average of .155, and a pretty awesome YouTube channel. Bauer has been the ace for the Reds this season and, like his former teammate Shane Bieber, I believe the Cy Young Award is Bauer’s to lose.
American League Rookie of the Year: Willi Castro
For this pick, I am going the unconventional route and selecting Willi Castro of the Detroit Tigers. Luis Robert of the White Sox may be seen as the frontrunner for the award in most expert’s eyes, but I am going to give Castro some love with this pick. Castro is hitting .354 with an OPS of .925, 3 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 28 hits. The reason why I chose Castro over Robert is that Castro has only 79 at-bats, while Robert has had 154. This is why some of Robert’s season-long numbers are better than Castro. In terms of averages, however, Castro has a higher OBP, batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS than Robert. It’s reasonable to assume that Castro’s other numbers would have been just as impressive as Robert’s had he been with the Tigers all season. Castro also leads all rookies in triples with two.
National League Rookie of the Year: Jake Cronenworth
Former Michigan Wolverine and current San Diego Padre Jake Cronenworth will be taking home the NL Rookie of the Year award this season. He currently leads all National League rookies in hits (41), doubles (11), triples (3), RBIs (20), slugging percentage (.538), and OPS (.909). He is hitting .315 with four home runs and 21 runs scored. Just like what his teammate Tatis Jr. is doing with the MVP, Cronenworth is running away with this award.