“Hope springs eternal” is the quote that every baseball fan has heard every year since the beginning of time. Sometimes it’s true, and other times it isn’t (Hi San Diego, Miami, and other teams that will suck). Let’s take a look into the future and find out who the award winners will be.
AL MVP- Manny Machado BAL- The easy pick here is obviously Mike Trout, as Trout is the odds on favorite to win yet another AL MVP. With that said, I think Machado is due for a monster year. First, he plays some of the best defense at the hot corner that I’ve ever seen. He makes the routine play, and he makes the spectacular play look routine. He is also one of the best offensive third basemen in all of baseball. In 2016 he hit 37 homers, had 96 RBI with an OPS of .876, and last year he was only 23 years old.
Who else could take the award home: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve
Dark Horse Candidate: Francisco Lindor CLE
NL MVP- Bryce Harper WAS – This was a close one to me as I could have easily gone with Kris Bryant (CHC), or Nolan Arenando (COL), but Harper is the right choice. Last year was a down year for the young slugger, especially when you compare it to his MVP year of 2015. Look for Harper to have the kind of year he had in 2015, as he will win his second MVP award. The Nationals should be in the hunt for at least a division title, and much of that will be attributed to Harper.
Who else could take the award home: Bryant, Arenando,
Darkhorse Candidate: Clayton Kershaw LAD
AL CY YOUNG – Chris Sale BOS – The AL Cy Young winner could go to easily 5 different pitchers, but out of everyone that could take it home, Sale’s stuff is the most electric so he’s the choice. Not only is his fastball and slider almost unhittable, but he is now joining a team with one of the best defenses in all of baseball. This year could start a run of dominance for Sale in the American League East
Who else could take the award home: Corey Kluber CLE, Yu Darvish TEX, Justin Verlander DET, Rick Porcello BOS
Darkhorse Candidate: Aroldis Chapman NYY
NL CY YOUNG – Clayton Kershaw LAD – After a two year absence, the best pitcher in baseball will win his 4th Cy Young award.For the most part Kershaw has owned the award for the better part of the last 6 years, not to mention that he won the NL MVP and the Cy Young in 2014. Last year he didn’t even pitch 150 innings, which opened the door for Scherzer to claim the award in 2016. Believe it or not, Kershaw is 29 and is in the middle of his prime years. I fully expect him to be dominant in 2017, and be the runaway winner for the award.
Who else could take the award home: Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, Noah Synnagard.
Dark horse candidate: Gerrit Cole PIT
AL ROY – Andrew Benintendi BOS- In a small sample size last year, Benny looked like someone that won’t be intimidated by the bright lights of Fenway. He gets a great jump on fly balls, and has already reached expert level playing balls off the monster. Offensively, he has an insanely smooth and effortless swing. He’s already hitting second in an extremely potent lineup. A .290 average with 15 homers and 70 RBI isn’t out of the realm of possibility for baseball’s number 1 prospect.
Who else could win the award: Yoan Moncada CHW, Aaron Judge NYY
NL ROY – The consensus here is that Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson will win the NL rookie of the year, and there’s no reason to think otherwise. He has a quick bat through the zone, and he’s a slick fielder with excellent instincts.
Who Else could win the award: Hunter Renfroe SD, Manuel Margot SD, Tyler Glasnow PIT
AL MANAGER – Joe Girardi NYY
NL MANAGER – Clint Hurdle PIT