By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on August 10, 2014
The fantasy baseball season is nearing its conclusion and the postseason is just around the corner. We can't move on to the playoffs without handing out some hardware, though, so here are my full fantasy baseball awards for the 2014 season.
* - stats as of 8/9/2014
Trout has continued his upward ascension into fantasy superstardom. The five-tool outfielder has an impressive .302 batting average to go along with 26 HRs and 83 RBIs. He has stolen 12 bases and has already scored 80 runs as well. Trout has been far and away the number one stick in fantasy this season.
Kershaw just keeps adding to his legacy. He threw his first no-hitter earlier in the summer and the southpaw has a league-best 1.82 ERA. Kershaw has also raked 157 K’s in just 128.1 innings of work. He throws a gem every single time he takes the bump. Now just imagine the numbers he would have right now if he didn’t have to spend the first few weeks on the shelf.
Of all the sticks to end up on the DL this season, Fielder was easily the most disappointing. He played in over 156 games in eight straight seasons, but the injury bug bit the slugger early this season. He only played 42 games with his new team and his stat line (8 HRs/16 RBIs/.247 AVG) was less than impressive.
Lee was viewed as a consensus top-10 arm in all formats before the season started. Unfortunately, he has been on the DL for most of the year with a strained left flexor pronator in his elbow. He has officially been shutdown for the season and the southpaw turned out to be one of the worst picks in the draft this past season.
The Chi-Sox spent a lot of money ($68 million) securing Abreu this offseason, but the Cuban has been worth every penny. The rookie is currently leading the league with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs. He has displayed serious power throughout his first season and has earned his spot among the top sluggers in fantasy.
Gray has matured into the ace of Oakland’s staff. He has a sizzling 2.87 ERA and the youngster has 12 wins on the year. Gray has lived up to the hype this season and will be a fixture among the top-tier arms for years to come.
The Dodgers have plenty of sticks to go along with the best one-two punch in baseball in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. However, the Tigers are simply too stacked from top to bottom. Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in the game, while their rotation is anchored by the last three AL Cy Young Award winners in Justin Verlander (2011), David Price (2012), and Max Scherzer (2013). Look for Detroit to win the series in six games.
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