Continuing to hand out the most prestigious awards these players will ever receive…
Catcher: Yadier Molina
Molina has a great advantage over many other backstops. He’s got the fear factor. He went from throwing out 42% of basestealers in 2010 to just 25% this year but I still don’t see that he has any equal behind the dish.
First Base: Albert Pujols
Picking up his first Grabbie can’t do him any harm heading into free agency.
Second Base: Brandon Phillips
Phillips has been outstanding for some time now but he often gets overshadowed in the second base rankings by Chase Utley. While there’s no shame in that, Utley missing time this year means Phillips is the clear choice at the position. If I was running the Reds I’d have given real consideration to moving him to shortstop. He’s that good.
Third Base: Placido Polanco
Pablo Sandoval grades out pretty well on this year’s metrics by I have a hard time buying into that. Polanco is a solid enough choice in a fairly weak field.
Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki
The easiest choice in the senior circuit. Streets ahead of the competition.
Left Field: Gerardo Parra
Parra doubled his career high in walks this year, making him a legitimate option at the top of the Diamondbacks order, but it was in the field that he truly excelled.
Centre Field: Carlos Gomez
Boy, he can’t hit. But boy, can he chase balls down.
Right Field: Justin Upton
Upton finally took the leap this year. He won’t win the MVP award, but he’ll get some votes at the top end of ballots. I still think there’s more to come though, his walk rate can still improve for one, but he caps off the best season of his career with a Grabbie.