With the regular season complete, players are shifting their focus to the playoffs. However, now is the ideal time to fill out an American League awards ballot because playoff success or failure does not influence regular season awards.
With that said, here is a projected American League awards ballot. Click here, for the NL edition.
The following sites were the sources for information:
Baseball-Reference: Counting stats, bWAR, oWAR, dWAR, OPS+
Fangraphs: weighted on-base average (wOBA), weighted runs created plus (wRC+), fWAR, defensive runs saved (DRS)
Fielding Bible: total runs saved (TRS)
Baseball Savant: Outs Above Average (OAA)
American League Awards Ballot:
Most Valuable Player – DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
LeMahieu raked in 2020. He led the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, OPS, and OPS+. He led AL position players in bWAR as well. His 2.8 oWAR also paced the AL.
Honorable Mention – Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians
Cy Young Award – Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians
Bieber had one of the most dominant runs in MLB history. He completed the rare feat of leading all of Major League Baseball in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He was otherworldly, and he should also scoop up MVP votes.
Honorable Mention – Lance Lynn, Texas Rangers
Rookie of the Year Award – Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners
The 2016 first-round pick had a strong showing in 2020. Lewis had an OPS over .800 with a solid 126 OPS+. He hit 11 home runs, leading the Mariners.
Honorable Mention – James Karinchak, Cleveland Indians
Pitcher – Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox
Eovaldi led AL pitchers with three TRS in just 48.1 innings on the mound.
Honorable Mention – Griffin Canning, Los Angeles Angels
Catcher – Roberto Perez, Cleveland Indians
Perez led AL catchers in TRS, recording five in 256 innings behind the dish.
Honorable Mention – James McCann, Chicago White Sox
First Base – Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
Olsen tied for MLB lead in OAA and finished tied for third in TRS.
Honorable Mention – Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Second Base – Nicky Lopez, Kansas City Royals
Lopez led the AL in both TRS and OAA among second basemen.
Honorable Mention – Joey Wendle, Tampa Bay Rays
Third Base – Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Texas Rangers
Kiner-Falefa led the AL in TRS and OAA among third basemen.
Honorable Mention – Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics
Shortstop – Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
Lindor led the AL in OAA among shortstops.
Honorable Mention – Niko Goodrum, Detroit Tigers
Left Field – Alex Verdugo, Boston Red Sox
Verdugo saved eight total runs across 167.1 innings for Boston.
Honorable Mention – Robbie Grossman, Oakland Athletics
Center Field – Luis Robert, Chicago White Sox
Among AL center fielders, Robert was second in OAA and third in TRS.
Honorable Mention – Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Right Field – Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
Gallo led all right fielders in TRS and led the AL cohort in OAA.
Honorable Mention – Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles
Catcher – Yasmani Grandal, Chicago White Sox
Grandal posted the seventh season of his career with an OPS+ above 110.
Honorable Mention – Austin Nola, Seattle Mariners (now San Diego Padres)
First Base – Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Abreu led the AL in hits, runs batted in, slugging percentage, and total bases.
Honorable Mention – Luke Voit, New York Yankees
Second Base – DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
LeMahieu posted an absurd slash line of .364/.421/.590/1.011.
Honorable Mention – Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays
Third Base – Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels
Rendon topped .900 OPS for the fourth-straight season.
Honorable Mention – Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
Shortstop – Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
Anderson led the AL in runs scored, and he posted a 141 OPS+.
Honorable Mention – Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Outfield – Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
For the sixth-straight season, Trout had an OPS over .990.
Honorable Mention – Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners
Outfield – Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays
Hernandez hit 16 home runs in 50 games, slugging .579.
Honorable Mention – Lourdes Gurriel, Toronto Blue Jays
Outfield – Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
Jimenez notched 28 extra-base hits en route to a 140 OPS+.
Honorable Mention – Alex Verdugo, Boston Red Sox
Designated Hitter – Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins
Cruz smacked 16 home runs in 53 games, and he has the highest OPS+ of his career (169).
Honorable Mention – Franmil Reyes, Cleveland Indians
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