Astros Season Preview: Predicting Top Award Candidates

Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 20, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Carlos Correa (1) reacts after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Netherlands during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Puerto Rico advances to the finals. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

AL Most Valuable Player — Carlos Correa

Jose Altuve is a popular choice here after finishing third in last year’s voting, but I’m giving it to his double play partner. Correa is primed to break out in his second full season in the majors. He’ll hit cleanup in a deeper, stronger Astros lineup and will have plenty of RBI opportunities.

Finishing the year with 30-plus homers, 100-plus RBIs, 90-plus runs scored and roughly 20 stolen bases is well within Correa’s range. It’s possible he goes even farther than that. Though Altuve should be in the running as well, I give the edge to Correa.

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