At the midway point in the season, Rockies 101 will give its completely imaginary, but still meaningful midseason awards. The position player winners are as follows:
MVP: Troy Tulowitzki — Duh!
Defensive Player of the Year: Nolan Arenado – Yes, he's missed a lot of time and plays next to perennial Gold Glove winner and team MVP Troy Tulowitzki, but nobody in the whole of the game of baseball is as spectacular with the leather as the young third baseman. Please hurry up and get healthy Nolan.
Most Improved: Corey Dickerson — In fewer plate appearances this year, Dickerson has doubled his home run output, nearly double the RBI and has boosted his average by 91 points compared to last season. In the absence of Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, Dickerson has blossomed into a must start outfielder, leaving quite a conundrum for Manager Walt Weiss and GM Dan O'Dowd when those guys come back healthy.
Biggest Surprise: Justin Morneau – Is it a surprise that a former MVP is playing at an All-Star level? No. Is it surprising that this former MVP is playing at an All-Star level? Yes. After a couple head injuries derailed his career with the Twins and after he withered late in Pittsburgh last year, the Rockies signed Morneau at a somewhat discounted rate and boy has it paid off. By the end of the year, don't be surprised if he surpasses Tulo and becomes team MVP.
Biggest Disappointment: Carlos Gonzalez — Sorry, CarGo, but even before the injury, you were mired in a slump and only hitting .255 on the season. Then there is the injury itself. The one knock on Gonzalez coming into every season is his fragile health and now it will continue every year of his career. If healthy, he would have almost certainly boosted the average and his production numbers, but once again, he's out with injury.
Best Call-up: Michael McKenry — McKenry is a valuable backup catcher who might push Wilin Rosario for playing time the rest of the season. McKenry has gotten a hit in all but three of his 13 games started. He is a solid defensive catcher who can call a great game. The Rockies organization agrees with this award, feeling free to designate Jordan Pacheco, who was then picked up by the Diamondbacks.
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