By Nick Silverman @NickySilv on May 19, 2014
With one quarter of the season in the books, let's take a look at the players leading the pack for awards in the American League.
We knew the Yankees' offseason import Masahiro Tanaka. Most knew about the White Sox Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. But what about Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura? He's only given up more than 3ER runs once this year, and is averaging 10 Ks per nine innings. Or Yangervis Solarte? Leading all rookies with a .313 BA, playing the hot corner for the New York Yankees. This class is deep, talented and fun to watch.
Runner Up: Oakland A's
The Rays' southpaw ace doesn't seem like his usually sharp self. Price, following an offseason filled with trade rumors, has surrendered a 4.28 ERA and given up 11 home runs. He only allowed 16 in all of 2013. With Matt Moore already on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, this team needs Price to cement the top of the rotation, as they find themselves in last place in the AL East.
Runner Up: Prince Fielder
Usually losing two of your top starting pitchers would slow a team down…not the As. They're 28-16 and haven't skipped a beat despite season-ending surgeries to Jarrod Parker and AJ Griffin.
Runner Up: Brad Ausmus
This was tough. Masahiro Tanaka is 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA. He's the lone shining star in a depleted and under-performing Yankees rotation. But Jose Abreu is shattering records. He set the rookie record for home runs and RBIs in April. He leads the bigs with 15 HR and 42 RBI. He is currently on the DL with an ankle injury, but if he stays healthy, we'll have the tightest ROY race in years.
Runner up: Masahiro Tanaka
Scherzer is making the most of his contract year so far, leading the AL in ERA, second in strikeouts and is 6-1. The Tigers and Scherzer have tabled extension talks until the offseason, and Max's agent is probably seeing dollar signs with each of his client's dazzling starts. Scherzer is well on his way to a second straight Cy Young award.
Runner Up: Masahiro Tanaka
What a shocker. Death, taxes and Miguel Cabrera rakes. He's "quietly" batting .316 with seven HRs and 39 RBIs. With Victor Martinez (.331) hitting behind him and Ian Kinsler (.315) hitting in front, Cabrera is in the middle of a delicious slugger's sandwich. Prince who?
Runner Up: Victor Martinez
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