Some surprises, some usual suspects in the AL Central’s first-half success stories. Here are each team’s MVPs in the first half of 2014:
Indians: Michael Brantley Not only is he hitting a career-high .322 with 15 home runs, five more than ever before, but the outfielder is also playing Gold Glove-worthy defense.
Royals: Salvador Perez He leads Kansas City in homers and slugging percentage, all the while handling Kansas City’s much-improved pitching staff.
Tigers: Miguel Cabrera Complain about his severe decline in home-run production if you want, but he still leads the AL in RBI, and his 34 doubles are most in the league as well. And the move to first base has helped his defense.
White Sox: Jose Abreu With the AL Rookie of the Year award already locked up, the $68 million rookie slugger from Cuba appears ready to threaten Albert Belle’s franchise record for home runs in a season (49).