Handing out Awards for the 2014 Dodgers

In a year filled with ups and down, SCOUT reflects on the top performers of the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers.

MVP- Clayton Kershaw

Few pitchers in the MLB have ever posted a resume as impressive as Kershaw this season. In fact, his ERA this year was the lowest in MLB history since Bob Gibson in 1968. Kershaw led the MLB this season in a multitude of pitching category including wins, ERA, WHIP, and complete games to name a few. Worth noting is that he still dominated the majors after missing 6 weeks due to a back injury early in the season. Additionally many questions surrounded his freshly signed 7-year $215 million contract, and if Kershaw was a pitcher of that substantial value. Likely destined for his 3rd Cy Young, while leading the Dodger’s to their 2nd consecutive NL West Championship, Kershaw silenced the critics.

Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Gonzalez

Referred to by Vin Scully as , “The butter and eggs man”, Gonzalez compiled one of the most well rounded offensive years in recent Dodger history. First and foremost Gonzalez started 158 games this year, as a 32 year old; no other player on the Dodgers started more than 148. Gonzalez was arguably the most dynamic hitter in the MLB this year. His ability to produce runs in a multitude of situations led him to a league leading 116 RBI’s with 27 HR and a .276/.335/.482 offensive clip. As Gonzalez has aged he has seen a drop in his power numbers, however his ability to adapt as a hitter has allowed him to stay the same exceptional hitter, with less of the power.

Breakout Player of the Year: Dee Gordon

Coming into the Dodgers 2014 season, one of the biggest question marks was second base. The Dodgers had a plethora of talented infielders competing for the starting spot including utility man Justin Turner, Cuban import Alex Guerrero, and Dee Gordon, who had only ever played SS in the Dodgers organization. From spring training on it was clear that Dee Gordon had earned the starting job with conviction. Gordon enjoyed a breakout year at 2B, earning career highs in AVG, stolen bases, and OBP. His efforts this year earned him a spot at the All Star Game. Gordon has been a catalyst for the Dodgers at the top of the lineup. His speed, base running, and offensive abilities make him an exceptionally dangerous and unique player whom the Dodgers were pleased to see blossom this season.

Mr. Underrated: Justin Turner

The scouting report on Justin Turner left little to be desire for MLB teams; an undersized corner infielder with lackluster offensive numbers. When the Dodger’s signed Turner to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring training, little did they know that he would become a vital pillar to their team. This season, the Dodger’s infield has been plagued by injuries to Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez, as well as an inability to hit left-handed pitching. Justin Turner has provided an anchor of stability in those areas, starting 38 games at 3B, and 21 games between 1B, 2B, and SS and hitting an impressive .315/.379/.511 off LHP.