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Choppy's Texas Rangers' Mid Season Awards

RJ Choppy
June 28, 2018 - 6:27 am

Tuesday was the official midway point of the year. For those math majors out there, that means 81 games played, 81 games to go, so Shan and I (Weekdays 5:30-10am) decided to give out our Rangers Midseason Awards. 

And I'm sure the recipients are happy with this prestigious honor.

MVP - Shin-Soo Choo.

He didn't have the greatest start to the season, batting just .219 at the end of April, but the dude has, without question, been the best hitter this year for the Rangers. His current on-base streak is nothing short of amazing, and it has actually made that contract tradable at the deadline. I don't know that there's a second contender for team MVP, and for that reason, my vote for team MVP at the midway point goes to Shin-Soo Choo.

Most Improved Player- Keone Kela.

Gotta hand it to Kela, he has been this team's best pitcher since the start. There was a time last year when he couldn't be counted on to stay healthy, to get outs, or to throw strikes, and now it's as if they have an entirely different pitcher out there. He has tons of value on the trade market and will be a major part of the rebuild. That is, when he brings back a prospect after they trade him. Unfortunately for Kela, there's nothing more useless on a 70 win team than a closer. 

Cy Young?

Shan brought up a really good point that there really isn't anyone worthy of the term "Cy Young" on this team, but I'm going to go with Bartolo Colon. Consistency, my friend. He has given this team innings, some wins, Quality Starts, Quality Entertainment (which was just named an official stat by this blog), and quite frankly, he's been the best value on this team.

Biggest Disappointment- Joey Gallo.

Rougned Odor has had decent at-bats at times this year, Joey Gallo is fighting with Chris Davis as the worst everyday player in MLB right now. That's not really hyperbole either. The question was posed last year if Gallo had the worst 40-HR season in MLB history, now it's being posed if he is about to have the worst 50-HR season of all-time. At the plate, he has not adjusted, his K-rate is still obscenely high, and teams have found it easy to shift on him. 

Biggest Surprise- Isiah Kiner-Falefa

No other way to say anything about IKF than this has been the biggest stunner of the season for the Rangers. Never highly regarded as a prospect, there was one publication earlier this year that had him ranked as a Tier 5 prospect, which means someone who is quite frankly, never going to make the Majors. He's been so much more than that that it can't be overstated how big of an impact he has had on this team. He saved this team when injuries hit, playing multiple positions, batting 3rd, batting 8th, it didn't matter. He has been a surprise of epic proportions for this team.