Yankees: 2020 Team Award Predictions

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MVP: Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Yankees OF Aaron Judge may earn the AL MVP award, too.

Leading up to the 2020 campaign, Aaron Judge is the favorite to take home the Yankees MVP Award. Health is on Judge’s side (at least for now) and that’s one of the biggest keys for the former Rookie of the Year.

Although Judge missed a chunk of last season and played through injuries when he did eventually return, he left no doubt about his superstar status.

Judge led the Bombers in wRC+ (141), wOBA (.382), and placed second behind DJ LeMahieu in WAR (4.6).

Defensively, Judge was also the best on the team in key sabermetric statistics including UZR, Defensive Runs Saved, and Defensive Runs Above Average. His strong, accurate arm out of right (displayed in a litany of highlight-reel plays, especially last postseason) makes his defense one of the most underrated aspects of his game.

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Judge has developed into the leader of the clubhouse, which will certainly help his case for MVP. The Yankees’ ceiling can be reached if he can stay healthy and relive his near-perfect 2017 campaign.