The 2020 MLB regular season ended a few weeks ago, and the MLB Postseason is in full swing. The Kansas City Royals finished the season 26-34, which was not good enough to fit into the expanded playoff this year. However, the club still had some stand-out players during this shortened 2020 campaign. From team MVP to defensive player of the year. Here are the Kansas City Royals 2020 Awards.
Defensive Player Of The Year: Nicky Lopez
Nicky Lopez started the 2020 season as a young second-basemen for the Kansas City Royals. He still struggled at the plate at times. However, his fielding stats were some of the best in MLB. Lopez recorded 76 putouts and had 135 assists this season. While making some highlight-reel plays at second, Lopez only recorded a total of 2 errors on the season.
Reliever Of The Year: Josh Staumont
Josh Staumont caught the attention of the entire baseball world in 2020 due to the speed of his fastball hovering around 100 MPH. While the flame-throwing righty mowed down hitters, he kept his walks at a minimum. In 2020, Staumont threw just under 26 innings and struck out 36 batters. Staumont ended the season with a 2.45 ERA and now has a chance to be the closer for the Kansas City Royals come 2021.
Pitcher Of The Year: Brad Keller
Brad Keller started to 2020 season on the COVID-19 list and missed his first few starts and was not ready to go right away. Despite this, Keller dominated his first couple outings and was the Royals ace throughout the season. He started 9 games and finished with a 5-3 record. However, he struck out 35 batters and finished with a 2.47 ERA. Along with only giving up 15 earned runs, he only gave up 2 long balls.
Rookie Of The Year: Brady Singer
Brady Singer was called up to the Major League club within a few days into the regular season. Singer has been one of the most talked-about pitching prospects in the farm system and 2020 was just a glimpse of what has yet to come. Brady Singer is a rookie, and that showed at times. He finished the season with a 4-5 record and a 4.06 ERA. However, Singer showed that he belongs in the big leagues. He made some of the best hitters in the game look silly at times at the plate with his nasty off-speed pitches.
Player Of The Year: Salvador Perez
Salvy missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy-John surgery and Royals fans dearly missed him. Perez had a comeback player of the year campaign in this short season and he did not press off the gas. However, he did miss some time during camp for testing positive for COVID-19 and missed a few games due to having an eye injury. Despite these setbacks, Perez played in 37 games, with 150 at-bats and batted .333. Also, Perez had 11 homers and 32 RBIs during the 2020 season.
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