Published On: Tue, May 1st, 2018

Early awards for each AL team at the 1-month mark

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The 2018 season has reached the one-month mark and it’s time to hand out some early unofficial hardware. Below are awards for each American League team’s Most Valuable, Most Improved, and Most Disappointing Player, along with club-by-club Cy Young Awards.

Baltimore Orioles


MVP: Manny Machado
Cy Young: Dylan Bundy
Most Improved: Dylan Bundy
Most Disappointing: Chris Davis

The Orioles’ offensive struggles – third-lowest scoring offense in the majors – has nothing to do with Machado. The star shortstop leads baseball with a .361 average, while his nine home runs, 22 RBIs, 17 walks, and 1.124 OPS lead the club.

Boston Red Sox


MVP: Mookie Betts
Cy Young: Rick Porcello
Most Improved: Hanley Ramirez
Most Disappointing: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Betts has emerged as an early-season MVP candidate thanks to a tremendous April that sees him lead the AL with 29 runs scored and a 1.173 OPS. The 25-year-old also paces the Red Sox with 11 doubles and eight home runs while slashing .344/.439/.733.

Chicago White Sox


MVP: Yoan Moncada
Cy Young: Reynaldo Lopez
Most Improved: Tim Anderson
Most Disappointing: Lucas Giolito

After some growing pains, it appears Moncada is knocking on the door of stardom at the major-league level. The 22-year-old still strikes out a lot (39.2 percent), but he has already collected six home runs, seven doubles, one triple, and four stolen bases in 26 games, while also walking 14 times. His 1.4 WAR is tied with Ozzie Albies as the most for any player in the majors 23 years old or under.

Cleveland Indians


MVP: Jose Ramirez
Cy Young: Corey Kluber
Most Improved: Yan Gomes
Most Disappointing: Jason Kipnis

Kipnis blasted six home runs during spring training but has yet to go deep in 107 at-bats since the games started to count. In addition to the power outage, Kipnis is striking out at a career-high rate (25.2 percent) and is hitting just .178 with a .254 OBP.

Detroit Tigers


MVP: Miguel Cabrera
Cy Young: Matt Boyd
Most Improved: Matt Boyd
Most Disappointing: Jordan Zimmermann

After posting a disappointing 5.47 ERA through his first 59 appearances in the majors, Boyd now looks to be a key piece to the Tigers’ future. Through four starts this season, the 27-year-old southpaw owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts.

Houston Astros


MVP: Jose Altuve
Cy Young: Justin Verlander
Most Improved: Max Stassi
Most Disappointing: Jake Marisnick

Verlander just continues to win since packing up for Houston. The Astros right-hander is 4-0 on the season with a 1.36 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings. Since he was acquired from the Tigers last August, Verlander is 9-0 with a 1.22 ERA across 11 starts.

Kansas City Royals


MVP: Mike Moustakas
Cy Young: Jake Junis
Most Improved: Jorge Soler
Most Disappointing: Danny Duffy

The Royals traded Wade Davis straight up for Soler 16 months ago and they may finally be reaping the benefits. While he hasn’t shown the power from his time with the Cubs, he’s been a better overall hitter this season, slashing .304/.434/.456 with two homers, six doubles, and 18 walks in 24 games.

Los Angeles Angels


MVP: Mike Trout
Cy Young: Tyler Skaggs
Most Improved: Keynan Middleton
Most Disappointing: Kole Calhoun

Subtract one poor start against the Red Sox where he allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings, and Skaggs owns a 1.59 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. The left-hander has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six starts and tossed seven shutout innings against the Astros.

Minnesota Twins


MVP: Brian Dozier
Cy Young: Jose Berrios
Most Improved: Max Kepler
Most Disappointing: Logan Morrison

The Twins appeared to get Morrison at a bit of a discount – agreeing to a one-year, $6-million deal with the slugger coming off a 38-homer season – but the 30-year-old has brought little to the table early on. He’s hitting just .145/.253/.250 with four extra-base hits and 20 strikeouts.

New York Yankees


MVP: Didi Gregorius
Cy Young: Luis Severino
Most Improved: Ronald Torreyes
Most Disappointing: Neil Walker

An incredible April has Gregorius well on his way to posting one of the best seasons from a Yankee shortstop. He has a league-leading 10 home runs, 30 RBIs, and 1.156 OPS through 28 games. He needs just 16 home runs and 19 more walks to establish new career highs for each.

Oakland Athletics


MVP: Jed Lowrie
Cy Young: Sean Manaea
Most Improved: Sean Manaea
Most Disappointing: Kendall Graveman

Almost three years since the A’s acquired Manaea from the Royals for Ben Zobrist, the club is finally receiving the top-tier production they expected. Manaea leads the AL with a 1.03 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, and a .134 opponent batting average across six starts, and no-hit the Red Sox.

Seattle Mariners


MVP: Mitch Haniger
Cy Young: Edwin Diaz
Most Improved: Taylor Motter
Most Disappointing: James Paxton

The Mariners sit second in the AL West thanks in large part to the performance of their closer. Diaz has been one of the most dominant relievers in the majors to begin the season, posting a 0.63 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, with 27 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings while converting a league-leading 11 saves.

Tampa Bay Rays


MVP: Daniel Robertson
Cy Young: Blake Snell
Most Improved: C.J. Cron
Most Disappointing: Chris Archer

Tampa Bay may have traded away its offensive core from a season ago, but a number of their unheralded players are putting up strong numbers. Robertson is slashing a ridiculous .333/.476/.561 with three home runs, six doubles, and 16 walks in 21 games. That production has amounted to Robertson being worth 1.4 WAR – the 11th-best mark in the majors.

Texas Rangers


MVP: Joey Gallo
Cy Young: Bartolo Colon
Most Improved: Jurickson Profar
Most Disappointing: Rougned Odor

Colon wasn’t a guarantee to land on the Opening Day roster after signing a minor-league deal, but five weeks later, the 44-year-old is the Rangers’ best starter. In six appearances (four starts), Colon owns a 2.87 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts over 31 1/3 innings.

Toronto Blue Jays


MVP: Kevin Pillar
Cy Young: J.A. Happ
Most Improved: Luke Maile
Most Disappointing: Marcus Stroman

Not only is Pillar one of the best defensive outfielders in the majors, but he has also been an offensive force in April. Pillar is hitting .305/.351/.552 with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, and four stolen bases. His last eight hits have all gone for extra bases.



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