2014 MLB Predictions

It’s always an exciting feeling to start a new season.  Every team leaves spring training feeling like they have a chance to finally break through to the playoffs and endure the long MLB season.  Documented Handicappers gives a brief outlook on how the 2014 MLB season could unfold.

AL MVP

Mike Trout: This will be Trout’s 3rd year in the league and his numbers will continue improve.  His youth will help him down the stretch and he’ll be able to withstand injury and beat out Miguel Cabrera for the MVP.

AL Cy Young

Yu Darvish: Darvish came in 2nd in the last seasons Cy Young vote.  He’ll have better run support with the Rangers adding Prince Fielder and the Rangers have found ways to win the past five years.  Darvish may flirt with a 20 win season in 2014.

AL Rookie of the Year

Xander Bogaerts: Bogaerts is one of the top prospects in the major leagues.  Bogaerts was called up to the big show in August and played well enough to be added to their post season roster.  What did he do?  He only batted .296 with nine runs scored, four extra-base hits and six walks in 12 games.  He was a big part in their World Series run and we can expect a full season of stellar play.

NL Cy Young

Clayton Kershaw: Until another pitcher proves he is better than Kershaw, the award goes to him.  The Dodgers have bolstered their lineup and pitching staff for a run at the World Series.  Expect Kershaw to play a major role as their ace and get tons of run support throughout the year.

NL MVP

Yasiel Puig: Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene last season and provided the Dodgers with serious pop and energy in the lineup.  It’s safe to say that Yasiel Puig was one of the most exciting players to watch in the 2013 season. If Puig can learn how to be a professional player and limit some rookie mistakes the sky is the limit.

NL Rookie of the Year

Javier Baez: A name to watch with the Cubs is Javier Baez.  Baez might not break camp with the Cubs after spring training but expect him to make his way to the big leagues at some point this summer.  An exciting player with big potential could help the Cubs turn around a long drought of success.

By RC Blevins
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