Rookie, Mike Trout, has made a strong case for the AL MVP Award as a rookie in 2012.
The 2012 MLB season is nearing its end, and with each day that passes, the closer the race becomes for awards like the Cy Young and MVP. Each league has its fair share of elite talent, but only a select few will be lucky enough to take home some of the most historic awards in all of baseball.
1) AL MVP Award: Mike Trout
Statistics: .343, 24 HR, 70 RBI, 39 SB
This award is really a two-man race in 2012. Mike Trout is putting together an unforgettable rookie season while Miguel Cabrera continues to put together another one of his impressive seasons. Trout will take the MVP because he is the complete five-tool athlete. Not only does he lead the AL with a .343 average and 39 stolen bases, but Trout also has 24 home runs and has shown a freakish ability to make plays in the field. As a rookie, Trout leads all MLB players in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 8.4 WAR. If he were to win the award, Trout would become the first rookie to win the MVP Award since Ichiro Suzuki did in 2001.
2) AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
Statistics: 12-7, 2.53 ERA, 180 SO
The contention for the 2012 AL Cy Young will fall between three players: Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver and David Price. The deciding factor will not only come down to how these three perform in the last month-and-a-half of the season but also how their teams finish out the season. Verlander leads all MLB pitchers in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with an impressive 6.0 WAR, as well as strikeouts with 180. The Tigers have all the pieces to make a run and with Justin Verlander's dominating numbers, he should take home the 47th AL Cy Young Award in 2012.
3) AL Rookie of the Year Award: Mike Trout
Typically when the MVP Award is awarded to a rookie, he also is awarded the Rookie of the Year Award. Mike Trout takes it with ease in 2012.
1) NL MVP Award: Andrew McCutchen
Statistics: .352, 24 HR, 76 RBI, 14 SB
This is really a no-brainer in the National League. Andrew McCutchen has truly been the most impressive offensive player in the NL in 2012 and has helped lead the Pirates to possibly their first winning season in 19 years. If the Pirates manage to earn a bid to the playoffs, the NL MVP award will be Andrew McCutchen's.
2) NL Cy Young Award: Johnny Cueto
Statistics: 16-6, 2.44 ERA, 135 SO
R.A. Dickey or Stephen Strasburg could make a case for this award as well, but the New York Mets have fallen apart and the Nationals will more than likely shut Strasburg down before seasons end. Johnny Cueto has been a key piece to Cincinnati's success in 2012. He leads the NL in wins and also WAR with 5.6. If the Reds continue their dominance, Cueto should take home the this year's 2012 NL Cy Young Award.
3) NL Rookie of the Year: Todd Frazier
Statistics: .290, 17 HR, 54 RBI
The popularity vote obviously would go to Bryce Harper but Harper's numbers look like this: .250, 12 HR, 37 RBI (not nearly as impressive). Frazier hasn't only been solid offensively but he has been consistent on the defensive side of the ball as well, starting and playing at five different positions this year.