Yankees: 2020 Team Award Predictions
By Ryan Doyle
Predicting which Yankees will take home team awards at the end of the season.
New York Yankees baseball is just days away and we wanted to project which players will be taking home our hypothetical team awards when the 60-game Major League Baseball sprint is completed.
The Yankees are loaded with talent, so choosing who will come home with an MVP Award is certainly tough, especially after DJ LeMahieu, who was certainly the team’s MVP last season, came out of nowhere.
And that’s just the tip if the iceberg!
In such a short season, the Yankees could be led by a few under-the-radar names who are able to keep a hot streak lasting just long enough. Also, veterans who may normally run out of gas by September will be finding their groove as the season reaches its peak.
With so much uncertainty, projecting the winners showed how unique this season could turn out to be. Without further ado, here’s my best guess at some Yankees team awards for the 2020 campaign.
Comeback Player: Miguel Andujar
Miguel Andujar will be the Yankees’ best comeback story.
Seeing Miguel Andujar in Summer Camp and the televised intrasquad games has been a joy. It seems like it’s been years since Andujar was enjoying one of the best rookie campaigns in franchise history.
After an injury forced him to miss nearly all of the 2019 season, Andujar found himself without a solidified role as veteran third baseman Gio Urshela put up career numbers as his replacement.
As the offseason wore on, rumors and Twitter chatter about Andujar-centered trade packages were nonstop. Despite putting up a .297/.328/.527 line with 27 homers and 92 RBIs in 2018, Andujar was an expendable piece in the minds of pundits and fans.
I believe Andujar is set to explode onto the scene this season. He has received extended work at multiple positions with the long layoff and could be a Swiss Army knife for Boone if he’s able to prove he’s versatile on defense.
While Giancarlo Stanton is another top choice to take home this award, Andujar has a chance to display his value on defense and remind everyone of his potent bat.