KC Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third in the American League MVP voting, as results were announced tonight.
Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson took home the award. LA Angels centerfielder Mike Trout finished second yet again.
LoCain did not receive first or second place votes. He did receive 20 third place votes.
I think LoCain will take how the season ended, holding a World Series trophy, rather than bringing home an individual honor.
LoCain finished the season, batting .307, which ranked him 13th overall in baseball (ahead of both Donaldson at .297 and Trout at .299). He hit 34 doubles, six triples, and 16 home runs. The homers were a career-high, as he only hit 17 total big league home runs prior to the 2015 season. He scored 101 runs and drove in 72. His on-base percentage was .360, while his OPS was .838.
LoCain played 140 games, though Trout (159) and Donaldson (158) played more.
Donaldson and Trout both hit 41 homers. Trout drove in 90 runs and scored 104, while Donaldson drove in 123 runs and scored 122.
We all know that all three are outstanding fielders and good base runners. However, LoCain stole 28 bases, way more than Trout (11) and Donaldson (six).
Let’s hope that there can be more of the same out of LoCain as the years progress. He sure is fun to watch roam centerfield.