2023 MLB Award Predictions

                 The MLB season has just kicked off. Its only three weeks in and we are already seeing some frontrunners for the year-end awards. We're going to give out our predictions for the MVP, Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.

AL MVP: Shohei Ohtani .269 AVG | 11 RBI | 4 HR | 2W-0L | 0.86 ERA | 27 K

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                Shohei may be the boring pick but he is the right pick. Ohtani is one of the most consistent hitters in the league while also being one of the best pitchers in the league. He is a complete hitter being able to hit for power and average while also having nasty stuff on the mound. I foresee a continuation of his hot start to the season, resulting in him being the best player in baseball.

Runner Ups:

2. Mike Trout .299 AVG | 9 RBI | 3 HR

3. Aaron Judge .273 AVG | 11 RBI | 6 HR

NL MVP: Juan Soto .183 AVG | 9 RBI | 4 HR

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                The start to the season for Juan Soto has been disappointing as we await to see what he did with the Nationals in San Diego. To start the year, he is hitting .183 which is not up to his standard, but his OBP is .363 which is top-tier. He is still doing what he does best which is get on base, but I think having a full season in San Diego will prime him for a breakout year. With Fernando Tatis Jr back it strengthens this lineup even more. With a top loaded lineup everyone will benefit as you cannot pitch around a particular batter because the next guy up will do damage. Juan Soto is an all-around good hitter, and he will get back to his old form soon enough.

Runner Ups:

2. Freddie Freeman .295 AVG | 7 RBI | 3 HR

3. Ronald Acuna Jr .367 AVG | 11 RBI | 3 HR

AL ROY: Gunnar Henderson .176 AVG | 3 RBI | 1 HR

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                Henderson is off to a slow start this year, only hitting .176, but I think he will turn it around and win Rookie of the Year. In a small sample last year, he hit .259 and looked like he was primed for a breakout year. The season is still young, and I believe he will improve and ultimately exceed his last season. Gunnar is a plus hitter and an exceptional fielder. I predict success will come his way very soon.

Runner Ups:

2. Anthony Volpe .193 AVG | 2 RBI | 1 HR

3. Hunter Brown 2W-0L | 1.93 ERA | 17 K

NL ROY: Corbin Carroll .257 AVG | 8 RBI | 4 HR

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                Corbin Carroll is a true 5 tool player in baseball. He is a particularly good hitter, hitting for average and power. Carroll is a great defender in the outfield and has a great arm. He is also the fastest player in baseball. Corbin has been a top prospect for about 3 years and now he finally gets a shot to show his potential.

Runner Ups:

2. Jordan Walker .269 AVG | 9 RBI | 2 HR

3. Spencer Steer .302 AVG | 7 RBI | 2 HR 

AL Cy Young: Gerrit Cole 4W-0L | 0.95 ERA | 32 K

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                Gerrit Cole has consistently been one of the top pitchers in the American League with his ability to dominate the game and giving his team the best chance to win. His high strikeout numbers and low walk rates limit traffic on the bases giving his team the advantage. He is off to a red hot start this season, finally looking like the guy the Yankees paid $300 million to. Posting a 0.95 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched, I see him continuing his hot streak and staying the best pitcher in the American League.

Runner Ups

2. Luis Castillo 2W-0L | 0.73 ERA | 26 K

3. Dylan Cease 2W-0L | 2.01 ERA | 29 K

NL Cy Young: Corbin Burnes 2W-1L | 4.76 ERA | 17 K

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                Corbin Burnes is looking to win another Cy Young following up on his 2021 campaign. He has had a rough start to the season; however, I predict he will bounce back. He has pitched to a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 Innings pitched yet his numbers are inflated due to his first 2 starts where he gave up 10 runs. Burnes is already starting to bounce back after a rocky start, and I still see him being the best pitcher in the National league by the end of the 2023 season.

Runner Ups:

2. Sandy Alcantara 1W-2L | 5.47 ERA | 20 K

3. Spencer Strider 2W-0L | 2.45 ERA | 36 K


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