Most teams in Major League Baseball have played about eight to ten games so what do you say we start handing out MVP awards? I am kidding of course although sad to say, you may find some others who aren’t. In any event I would like to recognize some players who have gotten off to some terrific starts around baseball. They may not be the most well-known bunch in the game and the fast start may not even indicate that a great season lies ahead. This might be the only time they get some love. Or, they could be on their way to a career-best season or even a real, live MVP trophy at the end of the year as opposed to being handed a fake one at the courtesy of a blog or a column at the beginning of May.
Michael Cuddyer: The right fielder is hitting .387 with two home runs and seven RBI’s for the Colorado Rockies who, unfortunately for them, were just swept by the San Francisco Giants. He has twelve hits in eight games and needs to stay hot in order for the Rox to hang around the ultra-competitve National League West. If he can play 150 games, something he has not done in three years, there is no reason why Cuddyer couldn’t put up 30 HR, 100 RBI, .300 numbers at Coors Field.
Carlos Santana: The last two days of rainouts certainly helped the catcher’s batting average but hey, .500 is .500 (13 hits in 26 at-bats). There is not a chance that the catcher for the Cleveland Indians can keep up that pace. However, Santana just turned 27 and in his third full season in Cleveland. He has the chance for a tremendous season and with a break or two, the Tribe could find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot. If that is the case, Santana will have put himself in the MVP discussion.
John Buck: He may not be the starting catcher for the New York Mets at season’s end with prospect Travis d’Arnaud on the horizon. However, the 32-year old Buck is having an April to remember as he among the game’s leaders in home runs with five (fourth) and RBI’s with 15 (second). Buck has always been able to hit for power (he had 20 in 2011 for the Toronto Blue Jays) but the average has always been on the low side. He will have to continue to provide pop for a team that has severe starting pitching issues.
Jean Segura: This is an actual Rookie of the Year candidate. Segura came over to the Milwaukee Brewers from the Los Angles Angels in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Halos. The shortstop is hitting a robust .458 to begin 2013 through seven games. Four of his eighteen hits have been for extra bases although a thigh bruise has set him back a little bit. Segura will have to keep on hitting for a team that is still missing Corey Hart and a bullpen that is still missing Consistency.
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