Second baseman Dustin Pedroia has managed four awards and a world championship in just two years. Dustin plays a big part on his team, with stellar defense and a big bat.
In 2007, Dustin got the honor of winning Rookie of the Year. After hitting 1.85 in the beginning of May, Pedroia really turned it around as the month went on. He went on to win Rookie of the Month in May. The rookie also won Player of the Week at the end of May through the start of June.
Pedroia played a very big part in the postseason and helped lead the Sox to their second world series championship in four years.
In 2008, things just kept getting better for the Californian-born second baseman. In 2008, Pedroia hit 3.26 and was in the top five for average almost the entire season. Pedroia got a handful of awards at the end of the season. He won both Silver Slugger and Gold Glove for the A.L. second baseman. Most importantly, Pedroia was named American League MVP.
Will things get any better in 2009? We'll hope so. Pedroia is young and has only been in the bigs for two years. Yet, he is already at the peak of his career.