In a year where the Phillies will finish as one of, if not the, worst teams in the league, it may seem a little silly to give away an MVP award. But despite the win/loss record, there were some bright spots on this year’s team.
Here’s what I thought for team awards. And yes, I took some liberties in naming the awards.
Stats as of 9/16
Mike Schmidt MVP
.289, 13 HR, 39 2B, 50 RBI, .800 OPS
Honestly, one of the hardest choices I had. Not because there were a lot of candidates vying for it, but because there were so few to really choose from. Herrera is arguably one of the most talented guys on the roster. He struggled early on in the season and looked like a shell of his 2016 self. But he turned it up and is now batting nearly .300.
The power numbers are nothing to behold–13 homers and 50 runs batted in are average at best, but the the RBIs have more to do with the team struggling to get on than it does anything else.
Herrera struggles with playing hard all the time and makes far too many boneheaded mistakes. But his talent is undeniable and when he’s on, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Robin Roberts Pitcher of the Year
11-10, 155 IP, 3.60 ERA, 167 K, .243 average, 1.22 WHIP
The first month of the season, Jeremy Hellickson was the dominant pitcher on the Phillies staff. He was traded before the trade deadline, which left an obvious hole at the Pitcher of the Year slot, but Aaron Nola dusted off his shoulder and stepped right up.
Nola was unbelievable during July, going 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA. He only let up five runs in five starts while striking out 43. August and September, the young gun has slipped a little in his dominance, but he looks like a dependable arm in the future. And his 2017 is something not only to build off of going forward, but to be damn proud of.
Scott Rolen Best Defensive Player
609 total chances, 218 put outs, 384 assists, 7 errors, .989 fielding percentage
There’s a handful of Phillies players with a higher fielding percentage than the Fightin’s shortstop, but just watching Galvis play makes him the obvious choice for this award.
First off, on the name, I went with Scotty Rolen because I grew up watching the big man make diving stops at third, then throw the runner out from his knees like it was nothing. Galvis has made similar head-turning plays this year.
There’s a slew of plays that will leave you in disbelief, but check out 2:20, 3:19 and 5:33 for some of my favorites.
The Phillies are hopeful J.P. Crawford is their future at the shortstop position. But if Galvis keeps playing the way he does in the hole, it’ll be a lot of work for Crawford to unseat him.
Ryan Howard Rookie of the Year
.279, 21 2B, 4 3B, 16 HR, 51 RBI, .871 OPS
What?! Not Rhys Hoskins?! Are you an imbecile?!
The jury’s still out on that, but hear me out.
Look, Hoskins has been straight up unbelievable. He’s been inhuman and his numbers doing all the necessary talking. But he’s also been up in the show for 34 games. As impressive as his numbers are, I can’t in good conscience choose him over a guy who’s been with the team the whole year and been impressive in his own right.
Nick Williams was another guy I considered but Altherr beat him in every category except triples (they tied) and average (.300 compared to .282).
Altherr had a few monster months and was especially good in May when Tommy Joseph was smacking the crap out of the ball. Altherr is a really good prospect for the Phillies and makes their outfield stronger than it’s been in awhile.
Chase Utley “The Man” Award
.306, 18 HR, 39 RBI, 26 BB, 1.218 OPS
Did I kind of make this award just to give it to Hoskins? I’ll let my friend Walter White answer that.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Hoskins has been dominating the bigs since his call up, going yard on average once every other game. The Phillies have some power hitters in the minors with the likes of Dylan Cozens, Scott Kingery and Andrew Pullin, but Hoskins has probably been the most consistent and the fact that he’s doing it at the sport’s highest level is important for the Phils.
Am I excited to see him get a full season under his belt next year? Yes. Am I a little worried he won’t be as hot now that pitchers will have more tape on him? Also, yes. But Hoskins has provided a nice spark of “I need to watch this” in a season that’s been almost unwatchable.
Those are all the awards I’m handing out. The future looks like it will be bright with a few of these younger players. Hopefully the 2018 awards are harder to figure out.