As the Major League Baseball season enters into the final few months of the season, we look ahead at the postseason awards and one in particular is the Comeback Player of The Year Award.
Here are four players that could take home the hardware in their respected league:
Matt Duffy, Tampa Bay Rays
Following a breakout season as a rookie in 2015, Duffy finished second to Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant for the Rookie of the Year. During 2016 and 2017, Duffy was disappointing. A trade from the Giants to the Rays occurred and a series of injuries inhibited his ability to produce as well. series of injuries along the way. Now, Duffy is healthy and is having a great year batting .301 with four homers and 35 RBI with 10 stolen bases and has an on base percentage of .732.
Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
After only playing in 101 games in the past two seasons due to neck and right ankle issues, Brantley is finally healthy. He was even named an American League All-Star for the third time in his career. This season he is batting .304 with 14 homers and 69 RBI with eight stolen bases. A healthy Brantley could be the key to the Indians making a deep playoff run in 2018.
Miles Mikolas, St. Louis Cardinals
No player has ever won Comeback Player of the Year Award on returning from overseas. Mikolas could be the first player given to pull of the feat that especially the way he has pitched for the Cardinals this year. The first time All-Star has had his best season in the big leagues this year going 13-3 with an impressive 2.94 earned run average and has posted 112 strikeouts as well. Mikolas has been a workhorse for the Cardinals pitching staff that is young and dealing with injuries. In addition, he could win the CY Young and help the Red Birds make a playoff push. Oh, and he hits home runs.
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
The 13-year veteran is not coming back from injury, but he has improved upon his performance on both sides of the diamond. For a player traded back to the Dodgers, Kemp, who was not thought to make the roster out of spring training, is having a MVP type season for the blue crew. He is batting .284 with 18 homers and 69 runs batted in for the Dodgers.
In the end, I have Michael Brantley and Miles Mikolas winning the awards from both leagues as they are at the core of a playoff push.