We are now just over a quarter of the way through the 2014 campaign, and I was just going over the (what would be) MLB award winners with a few buddies. Here's what I have:
AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER: Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)
Tanaka has taken the Bigs by storm so far this season. The 25 year old Japanese rookie right-hander has done nothing else but SHOVE against the world's best hitters. Tanaka is 6-0 and has carried the Yankees to keep them in the AL East hunt. Tanaka's most impressive stat has to be his K/BB ratio. It's an ASTOUNDING 9.43.
Tanaka's full stats through his first eight starts:
Sleeper: Garrett Richards (LAA)
Abreu's power is real. The 6'3 250 pound Cuban has been just as impressive as Tanaka. The 27 year old had never played in a big league game until Opening Day 2014, but has since hit a home run at an average of one bomb for every 11.1 at bats. This stat is first in the American League (2nd is Nelson Cruz of our O's). Just to add on, Abreu leads the AL in slugging (amount of total bases per AB) and total bases overall.
Abreu's full stats through his first major league season:
Sleeper: Alexei Ramirez (CWS)
AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Abreu/Tanaka
On two different occasions there have been co-ROY award winners (AL 1979 & NL 1976). Look for Abreu to join only Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki as the MVP and the ROY. Tanaka has also earned his share in the award. He will become the 10th pitcher since 2000 to win the ROY award.
To see a full list of the previous ROY's:
Sleeper: Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER: Johnny Cueto (CIN)
Cueto's numbers through nine starts are unheard of. Opponents are hitting a mere .135 off of the 28 year old Dominican STUD. The next closest BAA is a full .050 points worse than Cueto, recent TJ victim, Jose Fernandez at .188. Cueto completed his third complete game last night... no other MLB team has three as a combined pitching staff.
Sleeper: Tim Hudson (SF)
NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
Tulo is hitting .391.... that's THREE-NINE-ONE!!! Incredible numbers through the first quarter of the season for the 29 year old Californian. Coming off of a 2013 campaign where he hit .312 (9th in NL), we can expect Tulo to stay hot for the rest of the year. I would say that he may hit a cold streak in August but.... will he?? He's drawn 28 walks thus far so he's obviously seeing the ball extremely well. And in hitter friendly Coors Field, I'm sure he'll be fine. And by the way, he gets on base one out of every two at-bats. Ain't bad.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Chris Owings (ARI)
Owings has been one of the few bright spots for the 16-27 Diamondbacks. He's batting close to .300 and has provided some spark at the back end of the Dbacks lineup. Solid in the field, look for Owings to be a long term asset for the snakes in Arizona.
P.S.- Don't be surprised if this award changes to Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati later in the year.. He's struggling a bit right now, but always remember... speed kills.
Next in line: Billy Hamilton (CIN)
Sleeper: Carlos Martinez (STL)
Please comment with any suggestions or arguments!