2020 National League Awards Ballot

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With the regular season complete, players are shifting their focus to the playoffs. However, now is the ideal time to fill out a National League awards ballot because playoff success or failure does not influence regular season awards.

With that said, here is a projected National League awards ballot.

Click here for the AL edition.

The following sites were the sources for information:

Baseball-Reference: Counting stats, bWAR, OPS+

Fielding Bible: total runs saved (TRS)

Baseball Savant: Outs Above Average (OAA)

National League Awards Ballot:

Most Valuable Player – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Freeman was second in the NL in batting average, on-base percentage, OPS, runs batted in, total bases, and OPS+. He played all 60 games for the division-winning Braves.

Honorable Mention – Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Cy Young Award – Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Bauer led the NL in ERA, ERA+, WHIP and led the Majors in H/9. He tossed a pair of shutouts in seven-inning doubleheaders, and he had a 2.7 bWAR.

Honorable Mention – Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs

Rookie of the Year Award – Devin Williams, Milwaukee Brewers

Williams allowed one earned run in 27 innings pitched, good for a 0.33 ERA. His 1375 ERA+ was the highest in MLB history. He also struck out 17.7 batters per nine innings.

Honorable Mention – Jake Cronenworth, San Diego Padres

Gold Gloves

Pitcher – Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

Fried led all pitchers with five TRS.

Honorable Mention – Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs

Catcher – Jacob Stallings, Pittsburgh Pirates

Stallings led National Leaguers in Baseball Prospectus’s catcher defense, and he was second in TRS.

Honorable Mention – Tucker Barnhart, Cincinnati Reds

First Base – Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

Rizzo tied for the Majors lead with three OAA.

Honorable Mention – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Second Base – Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs

Hoerner led the NL with four OAA.

Honorable Mention – Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates

Third Base – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Arenado led all MLBers in TRS, and he doubled his closest NL competitor at third base in OAA.

Honorable Mention – Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

Shortstop – Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves

Swanson was one of three players to record 10 TRS, joining Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Arenado.

Honorable Mention – Fernando Tatis, San Diego Padres

Left Field – Tyler O’Neill, St. Louis Cardinals

O’Neill led all left fielders in TRS and OAA.

Honorable Mention – Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds

Center Field – Trent Grisham, San Diego Padres

Grisham led NL center fielders in TRS and tied for the led in OAA.

Honorable Mention – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Right Field – Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Betts had the most OAA and TRS among NL right fielders.

Honorable Mention – Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs

Silver Sluggers

Catcher – J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies

Realmuto posted career highs in on-base percentage and OPS, finishing with a 123 OPS+

Honorable Mention – Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs

First Base – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

Freeman led all of baseball in runs scored and doubles.

Honorable Mention – Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

Second Base – Donovan Solano, San Francisco Giants

Solano had a breakout season of sorts, posting a 128 OPS+.

Honorable Mention – Jake Cronenworth, San Diego Padres

Third Base – Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

Machado set career bests in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, OPS, and OPS+.

Honorable Mention – Brian Anderson, Miami Marlins

Shortstop – Trea Turner, Washington Nationals

Turner led the Majors in hits, led the NL in triples, and nearly slashed .335/.400/.600/1.000.

Honorable Mention – Fernando Tatis, San Diego Padres

Outfield – Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Had Soto played more than 47 games, he would have run away with NL MVP. His .351/.490/.695/1.185 slash line would be right at home on Barry Bonds’s Baseball-Reference page.

Honorable Mention – Michael Conforto, New York Mets

Outfield – Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers

Betts slugged 16 home runs and posted a 149 OPS+

Honorable Mention – Wil Myers, San Diego Padres

Outfield – Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves

He missed too much time to be a 20-homer, 20-steal player, but Acuna had an on-base percentage over .400 and nearly had a 1.000 OPS.

Honorable Mention – Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants

Designated Hitter – Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves

Ozuna won two of the three triple crown legs, pacing the NL in home runs and runs batted in.

Honorable Mention – Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds

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