MVP – Josh Hamilton
Texas’s golden boy cooled off a bit after his ridiculous run in May, but when you look at the .308/27/75 line, you can’t make much of an argument against Hamilton for AL MVP as of now. Texas and New York have been the top two teams in the AL so far and while you could make a case for maybe Cano as MVP, Granderson, Teixeira, and Jeter have been almost equally as valuable so far for the Yankees. Hamilton has a hefty amount of support, but without him, the Rangers wouldn’t be nearly the powerhouse they have become.
Cy Young – Jered Weaver
Last year, Weaver was leading this race at the midpoint of the season as well. But a godly second half from Verlander and a drop in production from Weaver forced the tables to turn. As of now, Weaver leads the majors with a nasty 1.96 ERA and he’s one of only two pitchers with double digit wins and only 1 loss (the other is the current NL Cy Young frontrunner).
Rookie of the Year – Mike Trout
Not much of a question here. Trout leads the American League in batting (.341) and stolen bases (26), while adding an impressive 12 home runs. But the most remarkable feat of Trout’s season so far has just been the way he rejuvenated an Angels team that looked like they were deflated in April. Now with half the season left, the Angels sit atop the wild-card race and only 4 games behind the first-place Rangers.