2010 AL Silver Slugger Award Prediction Show
Welcome to my predictions for the 2010 AL Silver Slugger Awards.
The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the AL and the NL.
The winners are comprised of voters who base their votes on the best in stat categories such as batting average, slugging percentage, as well as on-base percentage, homers, and runs batted in.
Catcher: Joe Mauer
Joe Mauer is the reigning AL MVP, is coming off a 28 home run season with 96 RBI and is batting .365 /.444 /.587, which were all career highs.
I think Mauer is a lock to win the AL Silver Slugger at the catcher position.
Fist Baseman: Justin Morneau
I think that first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins could join teammate Joe Mauer as an AL Silver Slugger Award winner this year.
Morneau improved his home run total from 2008 with 30 homers and drove in 100 RBI.
However, he needs to improve his slugging numbers if he wants to beat out the possible runner-up in Mark Teixeira.
Second Baseman: Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is the Red Sox's second baseman, and I think that he is one of the best power hitting second baseman in the AL today.
He batted .296 and hit 15 homers last season. His numbers did drop off a tad from his 2008 AL MVP season, but I think he'll be back to form heading into a possible breakout season in 2010.
Third Baseman: Alex Rodriguez
I think hands down Alex Rodriguez is probably the best bet to win AL MVP this season.
He was very quiet last year, staying out of everyone's way even though he did admit to using PEDs in the beginning of the '09 season.
A-Rod had 30 homers and 100 RBI in 2009, but I think he's poised for a big year in 2010.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter
Even though he may not be a power hitter, Derek Jeter is the best hitting shortstop in the American League.
His numbers do not lie: He batted .334/.406/.465 and was in the running for MVP in 2009.
If you don't believe me, just watch him in a contract year. He will perform like no other season.
Outfielder: Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz dominated in his first full season last year, and he didn't even play the whole season.
He hit 33 homers and 76 RBI in only 128 games as a first time starter.
If he continues at this rate, I think no one would want to pitch to the kid.
Outfielder: Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton only played in 89 games last season due to injury; however, in 2008 he hit 32 homers and had 130 RBIs.
I expect his numbers to rise again since he seems to be all healed.
I hope he doesn't get hurt this season because he is a sight to see play the great game of baseball.
Outfielder: Curtis Granderson
Whether Curtis Granderson is a lead-off hitter or not, it will not matter.
He WILL be big this season for the Yankees and especially in a lineup that resembles Murderers' Row.
Last season, Granderson hit 30 homers for Detroit with 71 RBI. He also stole 20 bases during the 160 games that he played.
Knock on wood, Yankee fans hope he doesn't get injured.
Designated Hitter: Adam Lind
I think the days of Big Papi David Ortiz as a power threat in the American League are over after a poor 2009 season.
Mark my words, the next big thing is Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lind hit a quiet 35 homers last season along with 114 RBI, which was more than Alex Rodriguez.
Lind will hit 40 homers this year and stir up some more notice to Canada's team in the AL East.