MVP – Paul Goldschmidt
I have long thought Paul Goldschmidt is the best player in baseball. The 3-time All-Star has won 2 Silver Sluggers (would have 3 but injuries shortened his 2014 campaign) is a threat to hit 40 home runs while stealing 20+ bags out of the first base slot, is an on-base machine and plays exceptional defense, winning 2 Gold Gloves. Remember Joey Votto‘s MVP season when he actually swung the bat? That’s Paul Goldschmidt. This one is a lock.
Runner-up: Nolan Arenado
Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The 28-year-old left has already won 3 Cy Young Awards (’11, ’13, ’14), led the Majors in ERA and WHIP 4 times and strikeouts 3 times. The former MVP is the best pitcher in baseball and rivals Greg Maddux as the best since the legend Sandy Koufax. Enjoy watching him while you can (and enjoy listening to Vin Scully. The greatest sports announcer of all-time is retiring at season’s end).
Runner-up: Noah Syndergaard
Rookie of the Year – Corey Seager
Seager got a taste of the Majors last September as he appeared in 27 games for the Dodgers, driving in 17 runs and boasting an impressive .337/.425/.561 slash line. He offers a lot of pop out of the shortstop position and is leading a new band of top-prospect shortstops to the MLB (including Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, J.P. Crawford and Orlando Arcia). We give him the edge over Tyler Glasnow because Glasnow is likely to start the season in the minors. If he were up all year we would give Tyler the edge.
Runner-up: Tyler Glasnow
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