MVP – Andrew McCutchen
Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates own the second best record in the National League. And while a decent amount of credit goes to the much-improved pitching staff, you can’t under-value the work of all-star outfielder Andrew McCutchen. Leading the NL in batting average (.362), third in RBIs (60), third in runs scored (58) and fourth in home runs (18), McCutchen has been a jack-of-all-trades for Pittsburgh. Beltran and Votto also deserve some consideration as of now, but if the Pirates end up taking the NL Central crown, the Pirates may have their first MVP since Bonds in 1992.
Cy Young – RA Dickey
Dickey’s currently sitting at 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 123 strikeouts. He leads the NL in both complete games (3) and shutouts (2), but there are plenty of other NL hurlers right on his heels: Cain and Vogelsong have been nothing short of dominant for San Francisco, while McDonald and Cueto have helped fuel their teams to the top two spots in the NL Central. However, as of now, the Nashville Knuckleballer takes the crown.
Rookie of the Year – Bryce Harper
The anticipation was off the charts, but the 19-year-old hasn’t backed down from the pressure at all. Harper puts so much energy and passion into the game that it’s hard not to like him. The big numbers may not blow you away as of right now - .282/8/25 – but it’s some of the other things that show you how special of a player Harper is. His 43 runs in just 63 games and his cannon of an arm from the outfield help round out his game and make him the current NL Rookie of the Year, with Arizona’s Miley as the runner-up.