This week I will give out my May awards. These aren't just awards for the month of May – these are awards for if the season stopped now.
MVP: Hank Blalock: 209 AB, 32 R, 64 H, 8 HR, 41 RBI, .306 AVG, .381 OBP, .478 SLG
I chose Hank because he leads the team in RBI, is 3rd in HR and 5th in AVG.
2nd place: Michael Young
Cy Young: Akinori Otsuka: 1-1 W-L, 2.13 ERA, 25.1 IP, 4 BB, 21 SO
I chose Otsuka as my Cy Young because none of the Rangers starters have an ERA below 4.00 and Otsuka has been the most dominant reliever.
2nd place: Kevin Millwood
Rookie of the Year: John Koronka: 4-3 W-L, 4.87 ERA, 64.2 IP, 21 BB, 34 SO
I chose John because the only other choices I have are Ian Kinsler, Jason Botts, John Rheinecker, and Drew Meyer, none of which have played enough games. Plus, he has been a solid fifth starter with only two bad outings.
2nd place: Ian Kinsler
MVP: Travis Hafner: 192 AB, 49 R, 59 H, 15 HR, 50 RBI, .307 AVG, .409 OBP, .620 SLG
2nd place: Jim Thome
Cy Young: Mike Mussina: 8-1 W-L, 2.67 ERA, 87.2 IP, 15 BB, 78 SO
2nd place: Scott Kazmir
MVP: Albert Pujols: 185 AB, 52 R, 57 H, 25 HR, 65 RBI, .308 AVG, .442 OBP, .751 SLG
2nd place: Alfonso Soriano
Cy Young: Brandon Webb: 8-0 W-L, 2.14 ERA, 96.2 IP, 13 BB, 65 SO
2nd place: Bronson Arroyo
Rangers Minor League Trade
The Rangers traded a player to be named later for minor leaguer Jason Hart of the Rochester Red Wings, a AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. With the Red Wings, Hart struggled, batting .225, with 4 home runs and 8 RBI in 30 games. So far, as a RedHawk, he has batted .333, with 1 home run and 2 RBI in 6 games. Last year, Jason was with the Frisco RoughRiders and made the AA Texas League All-Star team. I cannot evaluate this trade because I do not know who the Rangers will be giving up.
Come back next week for who's next in line in the Rangers system to be called up to the majors.