2013 Fantasy Baseball: Midseason Awards
Midseason Fantasy Awards
The 2013 fantasy baseball season has been riddled with trips to the disabled list. Countless All-Stars have made trips to the shelf this year, which has only made it more difficult to fill out fantasy lineups on a weekly basis. However, despite the constant shuffling of players, there has still been several stars that have stood out. To recognize some of them, here are my complete midseason fantasy baseball awards.
FANTASY ALL-STAR FIRST TEAM
C Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
1B Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
OF Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
DH David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
SP Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
SP Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets
RP Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
RP Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles
FANTASY ALL-STAR SECOND TEAM
C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
SS Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
OF Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
OF Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers
DH Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
SP Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
SP Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
SP Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies
SP Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
SP Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks
RP Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
RP Edward Mujica, St. Louis Cardinals
Best Stick - 3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – It is hard to think that Miggy could upstage his Triple-Crown performance from 2012, but the third baseman is doing exactly that. He has 19 home runs and 71 RBIs so far this season to go along with an unthinkable .359 batting average. People argued that Mike Trout should have been the fantasy MVP last year, but this year there has been no such chatter.
Best Arm - SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers – It seems only fitting that Kershaw is on the verge of signing the biggest contract in the history of pitchers, because the kid is seriously that good. The southpaw has a major league-leading 1.84 ERA and his 0.97 WHIP is just as extraordinary. He may only have a 5-4 record due to a lack of run support, but Kershaw is well on his way to winning another NL Cy Young this season.
Biggest Bust - 1B Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
1B Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – Big Tex opened the season on the DL and missed the first 53 games of the 2013 season. He was on fire when he returned to action, but with the recent news that he has landed back on the shelf with wrist inflammation it has just cemented Teixeira’s bust status.
Biggest Prospect Bust - OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks
OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks – All off-season Eaton was the number one name on nearly every sleeper list, but up to this point the outfielder has yet to play a single game. He has missed the entire first half of the season with an elbow injury and the fact that he is still weeks away from returning just solidifies his spot as this year’s biggest prospect bust.
Best Breakout Stick - DH Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
DH Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles – Davis came out of nowhere this year and the former fantasy afterthought is currently leading the entire MLB with 26 home runs. Davis is hitting a long ball every 10.2 at-bats, and he has become the most dangerous hitter in fantasy that isn't named Miguel Cabrera.
Best Breakout Arm - SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets
SP Matt Harvey, New York Mets – Harvey has taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning three different times this season and the rookie has quickly matured into one of the premier arms in all of fantasy. Harvey has an 8-1 record at the moment and a very impressive 9.46 K/9 IP ratio. His 2.04 ERA and 0.91 WHIP are also among the best in the entire NL. I think it is safe to say that Matt Harvey has officially arrived.
Best Comeback Stick - SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies – Tulo may have just been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib injury, but he was having a spectacular season before heading to the shelf. Tulowitzki was hitting .347 with 16 home runs and a jaw-dropping 51 RBIs. Considering Tulo played 47 games and hit just eight homers last year, he seems like an obvious choice for Comeback Stick of the Year.
Best Comeback Arm - SP Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics
SP Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics - Colon finished with a miserable 10-9 record last year and was eventually suspended 50 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. This year, however, Colon has been absolutely dominant. He is currently 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA and an even better 1.10 WHIP.
Best Rookie Stick - 3B Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
3B Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles – Machado has burst onto the scene this year. The 20-year-old is hitting .326 with 38 RBIs through 73 games and will no doubt make an appearance at the All-Star game in the very near future.
Best Rookie Arm - SP Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals
SP Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals – Miller wasted no time getting comfortable in the majors, as he threw a complete game shutout with 13 K’s in just the third start of his career. The rookie currently has the second best ERA (2.08) in the NL and an equally impressive 8-4 record.
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