We are a little past the midway point of the Major League Baseball season and it has been very enjoyable thus far. We have seen players such as Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, and Fernando Tatis Jr. take the league by storm. Here are some mid-season awards for some of the league's top talents:
A.L. MVP: Shohei Ohtani
Who else would this award go to? Sure, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting for a much higher average than Ohtani this season. But, Vladdy isn't stealing bases and throwing 100 MPH on the mound like Shohei is. Ohtani is currently hitting a hair below the .280 mark, also leading the Majors with 33 home runs, which is already a record for the most hit in a single season by a Japanese-born player. On the mound, he's made 13 starts, posting an earned-run average of under 3.50 while striking out 87 batters in 67.0 innings. Shohei is doing things that we haven't seen since the days of Babe Ruth, and it has been incredible to watch.
A.L. Cy Young: Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole has been dominant once again this season for the Yankees. Although his numbers have declined a bit since the MLB rule on "sticky substances" was enforced, he has still put together an incredible 2021 season thus far. In 18 starts this year, Cole has posted a 2.68 ERA with an MLB-leading 147 strikeouts to go along with only 22 walks. Also, his WHIP on the year is 0.93, which is pretty remarkable for a starting pitcher.
A.L. Rookie of the Year: Adolis Garcia
Garcia is having one heck of a rookie season for the Rangers. Although he has struck out 102 times in 311 at-bats, he has shown off some great power numbers. Adolis is hitting .270 so far in 2021, mashing 22 home runs with 62 RBI's. He's also been great defensively, showing off his strong arm. There haven't been too many bright spots for the Rangers this season, but Garcia has been one of them.
N.L. MVP: Fernando Tatis Jr.
There are no words to describe how incredible of a player Tatis is. He's hitting for a .286 average this season while also leading the National League with 28 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Despite the amount of errors that Fernando has committed this year, he's still made some sparkling plays defensively. Tatis isna special player and he will continue to be for many more years to come.
N.L. Cy Young: Jacob deGrom
There's not much I need to say about this pick. DeGrom is having one of the best seasons of all-time by any pitcher thus far, and his statistics sure show it. He's made 15 starts in 2021, posting a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.54. All of those statistics lead the Majors. Also, at the plate, Jacob is hitting .364 with six RBI's this year. It should be fun to see if he will continue at this pace in the second half of the season.
N.L. Rookie of the Year: Trevor Rogers
Not too many people have probably heard of Trevor Rogers, but he has put together a great rookie season for Miami this year. In 18 starts, Rogers has posted a 2.31 ERA with 122 strikeouts and 34 walks, which is good for a WHIP of only 1.06. Along with Sandy Alcantara, Sixto Sanchez, and Pablo Lopez, Rogers adds to a Marlins rotation that could be special for years to come.
Overall, things could definitely change in the second half of the season. But, if these players continue the pace they are currently at, I don't see much competition for these awards at the end of the year.