Ronald Acuña Jr. (26, Atlanta Braves), who became the first major leaguer to hit 40 home runs and steal 70 bases, was named the top player.
Baseball Digest announced its Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Reliever of the Year awards on Thursday.
According to the publication, Acuña Jr. was named Player of the Year, Gerrit Cole (33) was named Pitcher of the Year, and Felix Batista (28) was named Reliever of the Year.
In 159 games this season, Aquino Jr. batted .337 with 41 home runs, 106 RBIs, 149 runs scored, 217 hits, 73 doubles, a 0.416 OPS and 1.012 slugging percentage.
These were National League leaders in runs scored, hits, stolen bases, slugging percentage and OPS, and most notably, the fifth 40-40 and first 40-70 in major league history.
As a result, Acuña Jr. is the strongest candidate for National League Most Valuable Player (MVP). Mookie Betts (31) is completely out of the running.
Acuña Jr. was sidelined with a major injury during the 2021 season and hasn’t looked the same since returning last year. It was said that he was suffering from injury lingering effects.
However, Aquino Jr. has been at the top of his game since the start of this season, with some incredible hitting and running. His 159 games in the lineup is also impressive.
As for the top pitcher, Cole pitched 209 innings in 33 games this season, going 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA. He struck out 222 batters.
That led the American League in ERA and strikeouts. As a result, Cole is on pace to win his first American League Cy Young Award in his 11th year in the majors.온라인바카라
Batista, who was also named Most Valuable Reliever, pitched 61 innings in 56 games last season, going 8-2 with 33 saves and a 1.48 ERA as the Baltimore Orioles’ closer.
This was a big part of Baltimore’s rise to the top of the American League after finishing at the bottom of the majors just two years ago in 2021.