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2019 Diamondbacks MVP: nominations open

Time to filter all those names down to five!

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

All told, 2019 was not a bad year at all. The Diamondbacks managed to play meaningful baseball far later in the season than expected, finished above .500 and bolstered their future hopes with both trades and a highly active draft. But this final category in the 2019 ‘Pitties is just about who did what this year. Much as with Pitcher of the Year, I tend to think the final decision is going to be kinda easy, and the discussion is more going to be about who should occupy the other four spots. Don’t forget, just like the Oscars, it’s an honor simply to be nominated. :)

Obviously, with the pitchers having their own category, this one will tend to focus on the position players. The bar for a pitcher being nominated is, and should be, higher than that for a position player. But it would seem that Zack Greinke easily crosses that bar: by bWAR, his production was basically comparable with anyone bar Ketel Marte. It was also twice as much as any other pitcher on the team, and that’s not including his one WAR at the plate, so I would imagine that Greinke is going to be the sole pitcher worthy of consideration. As for the rest? Here are the top 10 for the season, based on an average of bWAR and fWAR: numbers given are the composite, followed by the value in each metric respectively.

  1. Ketel Marte: 7.0 (6.9/7.1)
  2. Eduardo Escobar: 4.0 (4.2/3.7)
  3. Zack Greinke: 4.0 (4.2/3.7)
  4. Nick Ahmed: 3.5 (4.5/2.4)
  5. Christian Walker: 2.5 (2.8/2.2)
  6. Carson Kelly: 1.9 (1.9/1.9)
  7. David Peralta: 1.8 (1.9/1.7)
  8. Alex Avila: 1.4 (1.4/1.3)
  9. Jarrod Dyson: 1.3 (1.3/1.4)
  10. Wilmer Flores 1.0 (0.8/1.1)

Those would seem the most likely contenders. But who should get the spots? Discuss away...