A few days ago we took a look at the best in the American League at the one third mark of the season. Today we do the same in the National League. So put on your party hat and let’s give out a few awards!
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NL Rookie of the Year:
Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
Key Stats: ABs: 194, SB: 23, Hits: 49
The young switch hitting center fielder is making things fun for the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton has some work to do to get his average and on base percentage up a bit, but he’s shown that when he is on, he’s running! The high number of at bats show that even as a rookie he is being trusted as an every day player. He is certainly a fun player to watch.
NL Comeback Player:
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Key Stats: AVG: .319, 2Bs: 24, Hits: 72
It’s nice to see the former star second baseman for the Phillies off to a nice hot start to the 2014 season. For the first time (knock on wood) since 2009 he’s healthy and with regular at bats, he’s getting results. He’s always been a high hits, high average kind of player – he’s just need to stay on the field. He’s doing it now.
NL Cy Young:
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Key Stats: ERA: 1.97, Ks: 97, WHIP: 0.79
Basically the only stat that that Cueto isn’t dominating right now is in Wins, which of course after I gave Mark Buehrle praise on the AL side I’m going to look like a hypocrite. The difference here though is that Cueto just isn’t getting the run support otherwise his W’s would be high as well. His strikeout to walk ratio is phenomenal. He’s just cutting guys down and keeping runners off the base paths. It’s a true coming out party for Cueto.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Key Stats: AVG: .360, Runs: 50, HRs: 16
I’ve been a big fan of Tulo since the Rockies went deep into the playoffs early in his career. He’s always had star power and star potential but hasn’t necessarily always shown it and come through. Well he is now. In a big way. Batting champ by a mile right now and doing it with a nice mix of power as well. The only thing that may sway voters is that the Rockies are only 3rd in their division. At least Tulowitzki is doing his part.
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