Dodgers First Half Awards

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Jul 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates with second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) celebrates with second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Best Offensive Player- Corey Seager

That was easy.

Seager made waves on the major league team at the end of last season, posting a .337/.421/.525 slash from September 3rd to October 4th. He had hits in 21 of the 27 games he played in (and reached base in all but three). As a 21 year old, thrown into the fire of a pennant race.

Seager has followed that up with a .297/.357/.521 slash in 389 plate appearances this season. His 17 homers are fourth among real shortstops (excluding Manny Machado) and his 135 wRC+ is second among real shortstops (seriously go away Machado). His defense has been better than expected, so maybe despite his size he can stick at shortstop for a while before having to move over to third base, where his excellent bat will be a little less valuable.

Seager has been the Dodgers’ rock on offense this season. He has yet to go more than two games without a hit and has often been the lone bright spot in an often-struggling offense. He’s only 22, so wait until he actually figures out the majors.

Seager is the obvious choice for best offensive player and rookie of the year. For this slideshow’s sake, I’m only talking about the first-half Dodgers. But there’s a very good chance he remains a frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year, and an outside chance he sneaks into the MVP discussions if the Dodgers get hot.

Best Offensive Player Honorable Mentions- Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez (minus June)

Rookie of the year Honorable Mentions- Kenta Maeda

Next: Worst Offensive Player

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