Predicting 2023 awards candidates for MLB teams

Awards Week simply wrapped up, and to rejoice, let’s look forward to 2023, with one potential awards candidate for every group.

Don’t fear, we’re not accounting for free company: Aaron Judge will not present up as a Yankee, a Giant, a Dodger or anyplace on this listing. Current gamers solely. Who’s acquired one of the best probability on every group to get an award? Let’s make some guesses.

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (MVP)
Sure, final 12 months was a step again for Guerrero, however 2021 was a titanic offensive season, one that might have earned him an MVP Award already if it hadn’t been for that Ohtani fellow. Guerrero remains to be 23 years previous. The greatest is but to come back. The greatest might be coming proper now.

Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS (ROY)
There’s really a little bit little bit of a temptation to select Adley Rutschman as MVP right here, however let’s not get forward of ourselves. Instead, let’s go together with Henderson, who seemed able to go after debuting on Aug. 31. Doesn’t he already type of really feel like a veteran?

Rays: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (Cy Young)
He solely pitched two regular-season video games final 12 months, however he seemed very very similar to his previous self. If he is wholesome, he has the very definition of Cy Young stuff.

Red Sox: Rafael Devers, 3B (MVP)
They nonetheless have not discovered an extension for him. It certain could be one thing to see him go all Judge and have a supersonic season in his contract 12 months.

Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS (ROY)
If Judge stays, he is in all probability the MVP favourite once more. But if he would not, MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 prospect might be the Opening Day shortstop and an instantaneous sensation. Gerrit Cole for Cy Young can also be a great reply right here. Can you imagine he is by no means gained one?

Guardians: José Ramírez, 3B (MVP)
He nonetheless hasn’t gained one, though this 12 months was the fifth of the previous six that he is completed among the many prime six finishers. One of those years, he’ll wreck the league from begin to end.

Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS (MVP)
This is a stretch, certain, however we all know the expertise is there. He was merely “terrific” in 2022, which just about felt like a disappointment. The sky is the restrict, and perhaps instantly.

Tigers: Riley Greene, CF (MVP)
Now that is actually a stretch But the Tigers want some type of leap from Greene — and Spencer Torkelson — to attempt to put 2022 behind them as rapidly as attainable.

Twins: Byron Buxton, CF (MVP)
If he can ever keep wholesome for an entire season, he is completely able to profitable one among these. But he’ll be 29 on Opening Day. It’s beginning to really feel like that might be unlikely.

White Sox: Dylan Cease, RHP (Cy Young)
He completed second this 12 months, and he appeared to only get higher because the 12 months went alongside. One extra push ahead may get him excessive in 2023.

Angels: Mike Trout, OF (MVP)
We’re going with Trout right here reasonably than Ohtani as a result of Trout nonetheless feels extra more likely to be an Angel in September than Ohtani does.

Astros: Yordan Alvarez, DH (MVP)
The AL is totally stacked with MVP candidates, and Alvarez’s clutch breakout within the postseason will solely make him extra vivid in each voter’s thoughts. Also, he could be one of the best hitter in baseball — that helps, too.

Athletics: Ken Waldichuk, LHP (ROY)
Waldichuk came to visit from the Yankees within the Frankie Montas deal and was a greater pitcher after the commerce. He’s a mainstay of the A’s rotation already and nonetheless has rookie eligibility.

Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B (ROY)
Even although he’ll be 25 on Opening Day, he’ll nonetheless be eligible for the Rookie of the Year Award, and you may make an argument that, as sure as his lineup spot is, he could be one of many favorites.

Braves: Spencer Strider, RHP (Cy Young)
You may go together with Ronald Acuña Jr. as MVP when you needed, however Strider might need been essentially the most dominant pitcher in baseball for two months final 12 months. Stretch that out over a full 12 months, and he’ll be proper in the midst of the race.

Mets: Francisco Alvarez, C (ROY)
We’ve seen the thunder in his bat. This 12 months, MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 prospect will get each alternative to dominate on the grandest stage.

Nationals: Robert Hassell III, OF (ROY)
The different man the Nats acquired within the Juan Soto deal, he is a greater hitter than CJ Abrams and will man the outfield for this group for a very long time.

Brewers: Brandon Woodruff, RHP (Cy Young)
There are rumblings that the Brewers may look to maneuver Corbin Burnes this offseason, which is the one motive the also-fantastic Woodruff is the choose right here. But you actually cannot go incorrect with both one. Heck, why not each?

Cubs: Brennen Davis, OF (ROY)
It could be aggressive to have him within the lineup on Opening Day, however his inevitable arrival can be one of many huge early moments of the Cubs’ season.

Pirates: Roansy Contreras, RHP (ROY)
He’s nonetheless rookie-eligible, and hey, he could be this group’s Opening Day starter.

Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS (ROY)
This could be very aggressive, no query: He will not flip 21 till January. But the Reds are enthusiastic about MLB Pipeline’s No. 14 prospects, and the remainder of us are more likely to be quickly as nicely. You could not have observed, however he had 28 homers and 47 stolen bases within the Minors this 12 months.

D-backs: Corbin Carroll, OF (ROY)
He’s in all probability the clubhouse favourite at this level, and why would not he be? This speedster goes to hit plenty of triples in that ballpark over the following few years, and who would not love triples?

Dodgers: Mookie Betts, RF (MVP)
He was quietly top-shelf once more in 2022, one thing he is beginning to make a behavior of. He certain looks like a man who’s going to win an MVP Award in each leagues in some unspecified time in the future.

Giants: Logan Webb, RHP (Cy Young)
Lots of modifications and turnover are coming for the Giants in 2023, they usually could be essentially the most fascinating group this whole offseason. But Webb is quietly their ace.

Padres: Juan Soto, RF (MVP)
Of the three candidates, he appears the almost certainly one to place up one of the best numbers… and boy, it will be enjoyable to see him, Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. collectively all 12 months.

Rockies: Zac Veen, OF (ROY)
When doubtful… go together with a Rockies rookie hitter.

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