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Here Are the MLB 10 MVP Contenders, Five Cy Young Choices And Three Rookies Of the Year Finalist

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American League MVP

1. Mike Trout, CF, Angels

Trout still holds the grip on the first place. He led the AL in both traditional and advanced categories. He has five months with OPS over 1.000 and homered eight times in 25 games. Despite his tremendous performances, Los Angeles Angels were eliminated in wild-card race going 9-18 and will not be in the playoffs. However, Trout did everything he could to make them contenders.

2. Alex Bregman, 3B, Astros

His intense hitting .404/.487/.747 in August made him to be among the top three contenders. He is not a threat to Trout, made six homers in 26 games. He will likely remain in second place in the ranking.

3. DJ LeMahieu, 1B/2B/3B, Yankees

Like Bregman, he had his cutting hitting in August with a .336/.381/.612 and nine homers in 28 games. He has also put on his best OPS and WAR just like Bregman. LeMahieu will likely end up a finalist and take the AL batting title if he holds Astros’, Michael Brantley.

4. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox

He is among the best shortstop to hit 30 or more homers and record an OPS of 140 or better in a season. Another shortstop with the similar record includes Manny Machado, Cal Ripken Jr., Ernie Banks, and Alex Rodriguez.

5. Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics

His BABIP has fallen from .338 last season to .278 this season. However, like other hitters, he has set a new career-high in home runs and that is his greatest boost.

6. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox

The 2019 season has been great for Devers; he has reduced strikeout rate from 24.6 percent to 16.2 percent. His swinging rate has improved from 13.1 to 11.9, and his contact rate upped from 74.5 to 78.2.

7. Carlos Santana, 1B, Indians

He holds the third-highest walk rate in the major league. He is good at the bounce-back campaign in which he holds career-best figures. Carlos Santana had hit 32 home runs this season.

8. Jorge Polanco, SS, Twins

He had a good hitting in August posting a .309/.397/.482. This hitting has kept Polanco in this list. But he is still in the bottom because of the poor season start.

9. George Springer, CF, Astros

Springer wasted a full month away; he could be among the top five contenders. The time he was away has left him lagging. He may plummet further after he hit his head on Tuesday.

10. Mookie Betts, RF, Red Sox

His superior defense has made him be among the top ten contenders. He has done well more than the likes of Michael Brantley, Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler, Marcus Semien, Francisco Lindor, and J.D. Martinez.

Cy Young

The following are the top contenders of Cy Young

  • 1. Justin Verlander, RHP, Astros (Last Month: 1)
  • 2. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Astros (Last Month: 5)
  • 3. Charlie Morton, RHP, Rays (Last Month: 2)
  • 4. Shane Bieber, RHP, Indians
  • 5. Mike Minor, LHP, Rangers (Last Month: 4)

Rookie of the Year

The following are top contenders of the rookie of the year award;

  • Yordan Alvarez, DH, Astros (283 PA, .31 63 RBI, 180 OPS+, 3.0 WAR)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (430 PA, .276/.350/.456, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 114 OPS+, 2.2 WAR)
  • Brandon Lowe, 2B, Rays (307 PA, .276/.339/.523, 16 HR, 49 RBI, 125 OPS+, 3.0 WAR)

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