Predicting Each of the Major MLB Awards for 2013
Predictions are a funny thing in baseball.
When it comes to predicting the end-of-year awards in MLB, there's a lot to consider.
Will that player stay healthy? Will they progress or regress from last year?
Any way you look at it, there's no accurate way to predict who will win. It's all a guessing game.
With that said, who will win all of the major MLB awards?
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez tore his ACL prior to the 2012 season, which was disappointing for all Detroit Tigers fans.
This year, Detroit will get the middle of the order it always wanted and Martinez will play a huge role.
Although Martinez only hit 12 home runs in his only season in Detroit, he did bat .330 with 103 RBI.
With Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in front of him, Martinez will get his opportunities to shine.
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki played well through the end of May for the Colorado Rockies.
Then, a groin injury kept him out the rest of the season and the Rockies went downhill.
However, if Tulowitzki returns fully healthy this year, I fully expect him to take home the award.
From 2009 to 2011, Tulowitzki hit .304 with 89 home runs and 292 RBI.
Plus, he plays in Colorado, so his numbers will be there as long as he stays healthy.
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
If John Farrell can make the Boston Red Sox competitive again, then he's an easy pick for this award.
Boston struggled with Bobby Valentine as its manager last year as there always seemed to be something going on in the clubhouse.
After a trade near the deadline last year, the Red Sox trimmed a lot of payroll and started the process of rebuilding.
Farrell is a respected manager across MLB and will get the most out of his team.
If he can duplicate the effort he had with Toronto last year, then Boston could find itself in the playoff race.
NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are literally on the cusp of competing for a playoff spot.
I'm not saying they'll make the playoffs, but they're going to be competitive.
Clint Hurdle has helped mold this team into respectability again.
This could be the year.
Hurdle has the pieces to make a run.
AL Gold Gloves
C: Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters is a great defensive catcher, but there's also not much depth in the American League at this position. He did commit 10 errors last year, but is still solid behind the plate.
1B: Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Teixeira has been an excellent defensive first baseman his entire career. There's no reason to believe he won't win his fourth Gold Glove in five years.
2B: Jason Kipinis, Cleveland Indians
This is my sleeper pick as far as this award goes. Some would be more likely to go with Robinson Cano or Dustin Pedroia. But the fact is Kipinis is a good second baseman in his own right and deserves some credit for his abilities.
3B: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
The only person I could see preventing Beltre from winning his third straight award is Kevin Youkilis. Beltre mans the hot corner very well and is one of the best defensive third basemen in all of baseball.
SS: Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
For all the talk the Detroit corner infielders get, Peralta is good in his own right as he only committed seven errors last year.
LF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Gordon has made the plays necessary in left field and will win his third straight award as well. He had the most putouts of any corner outfielder in the American League last year.
CF: Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles made a good decision in extending Jones last year. He's one of the top young players in the game and can cover space like none other.
RF: Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers
While Hunter may be getting up there in age, he can still cover a lot of ground and throw the ball well. He'll see nothing but success on defense this year.
P: Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Pitching is a real tricky when it comes to the Gold Glove, especially without a proven winner year-in and year-out. Darvish didn't make an error in 33 chances last year.
NL Gold Gloves
C: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
There is no better defensive catcher in the game. Period.
1B: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto experienced the injury bug last year, but is still at top-notch defender at first base. This honestly could be the closest vote out of all of the positions as Adam LaRoche is also one of the top defenders in baseball.
2B: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips committed five errors last year, and most consider that an off year. Must be nice. Although Darwin Barney is sure-handed as well at second base, Phillips will continue to play solid defense and win his fourth award in six years.
3B: Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers got a real gem in Ramirez, who continues to play solid at the hot corner year-in and year-out. He's never gotten the respect he deserves for his glove, and 2013 will finally be the year he does.
SS: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Those who tuned into Atlanta games last year saw spectacular range and defense from Simmons. In his first full season, 2013 will be no different as Simmons will win his first of what will be many Gold Gloves.
LF: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Along with his hitting comes a good glove in Gonzalez. He's won a Gold Glove in two of the last three years and will continue to shine on defense.
CF: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
McCutchen is another great defender who can cover space like none other. Could he possibly add an MVP to his Gold Glove?
RF: Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Heyward has one of the strongest arms of any outfielder in baseball and last year he proved that. He tied Hunter Pence for the league lead in outfield assists with 11.
P: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Like the American League, the National League Gold-Glove winner is a crap shoot. Kershaw has won before and has the tools to win again.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
There's a lot of hype surrounding Jurickson Profar.
While ranked as one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Profar has shown he can get the job done in the minor leagues.
Now, he has to prove it in the big leagues.
He'll get his chance to shine immediately as the Rangers have no choice but to play him somewhere.
NL Rookie of the Year: Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
Gerrit Cole is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.
As long as the Pirates make a spot for him in the rotation, he's going to succeed.
While he may not start the season out in Pittsburgh, it's only a matter of time before he's there.
Within the next two or three years, he'll become the ace of the team and will be in that spot for many years to come.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
This was the easiest selection on the entire list.
Until an American League pitcher can prove they can do what Justin Verlander does year-in and year-out, he'll always be projected to win the Cy Young.
He may not win it, like last year when he was edged by David Price.
But he's always going to be in the conversation.
NL Cy Young: Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
Had it not been for R.A. Dickey's amazing season in 2012, Gio Gonzalez would have won the NL Cy Young with 21 wins, 207 strikeouts and a 2.89 ERA.
The Washington Nationals starter came over from the American League and simply dominated the competition.
Sure, he's had his bumps along the way, but he is clearly one of the top three pitchers in the NL entering 2013.
Look for him to put up those same type of numbers as the Nationals push for their second straight division title.
AL MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Last year's AL MVP race was one of the most debated in baseball history.
In the end, Miguel Cabrera took home the title over Mike Trout.
This year will be a different story for the Los Angels Angels outfielder.
He'll bat over .300 again, steal 50 or more bases, knock in 100 runs and hit close to 40 home runs.
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
McCutchen had a breakout year in 2012, having easily the best year of his career.
And he's only going to get better.
McCutchen batted .327 with 31 home runs, 96 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Not to mention he won a Gold Glove. He's a legitimate five-tool guy.
As the lineup around him gets better, McCutchen's opportunities are going to increase and the Pirates are going to be viable in the NL Central once again.