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.
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.