Now that we are halfway through the MLB season we have seen some remarkable games, players, and teams so far. There is no telling exactly how the season will end, but we have a pretty good understanding so far. With so many great players and a limited amount of major awards, it will be hard to select the player that is worthy, but with all that being said, here are my picks so far for each major MLB award.
Rookie of the Year AL- My pick for the AL Rookie of the Year is Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners. This dude is a beast. He can hit, he can play solid defense, and he can steal bags with ease. He is slashing .276/.337/.441 and has stolen 19 bases so far. His projector home runs for the season are 21 as well as a projected 45 stolen bases.
Rookie of the year NL- My pick for rookie of the year for the NL is probably my hottest take in Hunter Greene. I see so much potential in him and he throws the ball really hard. Is it enough for a ROY, maybe, but I think he will develop into a great rookie pitcher by the end of the season.
Cy Young AL- My pick for the AL Cy Young is Shane McClanahan. In my opinion McClanahan is one of the most underrated players in all of baseball. He is currently 7-3 with a 1.81 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. McClanahan also has the most strikeouts in the MLB at 113. These numbers are all star worthy and in my opinion, these numbers showcase a future Cy Young winner.
Cy Young NL- My for the NL Cy Young is going to be Tony Gonsolin. So far this season, he is 9-0. He has earned 1.58 ERA, best in the MLB, and a 0.82 WHIP, also best in the MLB. This dude is just dominating every starting appearance he has had. Although Gonsolin is not a big strikeouts guy, he pitches very well to weak contact, and his run support definitely will help him towards reaching that Cy Young
AL MVP- This is probably my easiest pick out of all of them as the AL MVP is no doubt Aaron Judge. Judge is currently slashing .304/.379/.658. Now this may not seem MVP caliber halfway through the season but his home runs will solidify him as the MVP. Judge currently has a league leading 27 home runs. This is 5 more than second place and he is projected to possibly reach 60 home runs by the end of the season.
NL MVP- My MVP prediction for the NL may surprise some but it is going to be Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt is currently slashing .340/.423/.625. Even though we are only about halfway through the season, these numbers are insane. He is second in the MLB in Average, second in OBP and fourth in SLG. If he can keep these numbers up, Goldy will be the NL MVP.