Yelich, Rendon, Verlander, Scherzer win league awards

Louisville’s Christian Yelich and Pittsburgh’s Anthony Rendon have been named the PGBL’s league MVPs for 2020, while Chicago’s Justin Verlander and Oakland’s Max Scherzer won the Cy Young Awards.

Yelich repeated as South League MVP after winning the award for Oakland in 2019. He is the first player to win back-to-back SL awards and just the second in PGBL history to win consecutive MVPs with two different teams.

The Long Rifles star led the South in all three slash categories, with a .333 average to go along with 44 homers and 117 RBIs. He got six of the seven first place votes in finishing ahead of the Athletes’ Jorge Soler and Memphis outfielder Juan Soto.

Rendon joined two-time winner Ryan Braun as MVP winners for the Cobras. The star third baseman emerged from a divided field, garnering two first-place votes as five different players topped the ballots.

Snapping Chicago’s four-year run of MVPs (three by Mike Trout), Rendon scored an NL-best 136 runs while driving in 112. He hit .289 with 34 homers while registering a .390 on-base percentage and a .541 slugging mark.

Scherzer earned his second Cy Young award after claiming the NL honor with British Columbia in 2014. He received five first-place votes to place ahead of Athletes teammate Mike Clevinger.

Scherzer posted a 23-3 record with a 2.65 ERA and 294 strikeouts for Oakland’s powerhouse staff that also included Stephen Strasburg and Sonny Gray.

Verlander won his third NL Cy Young for the Cardinals following consecutive honors in 2012-13. He joins Pedro Martinez (five) and Roy Halladay (three) as the only pitchers in league history with more than two Cy Youngs, and his honor is the seventh in Chicago franchise history.

With Chicago using only five starters all season, Verlander went 18-6 with a league-leading 2.81 ERA. He ranked third in strikeouts with 293 and limited opposing hitters to a slash line of .177/.218/358.

Voting

NL MVP
Anthony Rendon, Pittsburgh (2) ……. 50
Joey Gallo, Calgary (2) ………………….. 39
Joc Pederson, London (1) ………………. 32
Nelson Cruz, Vancouver ……………….. 32
Pete Alonso, Pittsburgh ……………….. 21
Ketel Marte, London (1) ………………… 20
Luis Arraez, Ottawa (1) …………………. 16
Ronald Acuna, Pittsburgh …………….. 13
JD Davis, Calgary …………………………. 13
Jeff McNeil, Boston ……………………… 12
Six other players received votes
SL MVP
Christian Yelich, Louisville (6) ………….. 92
Jorge Soler, Oakland (1) …………………. 57
Juan Soto, Memphis ……………………… 57
Yordan Alvarez, Flagstaff ………………. 20
Aristides Aquino, Memphis …………….. 14
Fernando Tatis Jr., Flagstaff ……………. 14
Eugenio Suarez, Compton ……………… 10
Charlie Blackmon, Tijuana ………………… 7
Yoan Moncada, Louisville ………………… 4
Cody Bellinger, Compton ………………… 4
Carlos Santana, Oakland ………………….. 1
NL CY YOUNG
Justin Verlamder, Chicago (5) ………… 28
Lucas Giolito, Ottawa (1) ……………….. 23
Mike Soroka, Pittsburgh (1) ………….. 10
Luis Castillo, Ottawa ……………………… 1
Charlie Morton, Chicago ………………… 1
SL CY YOUNG
Max Scherzer, Oakland (5) ………………. 21
Mike Clevinger, Oakland (2) ………….… 14
Jacob deGrom, Dublin …………………….. 7
Lance Lynn, St. Louis ……………………….. 6
Stephen Strasburg, Oakland ……………… 5