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2020 American League Awards Ballot

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

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 23: Shane Bieber #57 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Progressive Field on September 23, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

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

Gold Gloves

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

Silver Slugger

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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Ryan Potts
Hi. I am an avid football, baseball, and basketball fan with an eye on historical trends in each sport.
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