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Dodgers Surprises, Disappointments, And MVPs From The 2015 Season



Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Bright Futures

Corey Seager: Making his long-awaited MLB debut in September, Seager batted .337 with 13 extra-base hits in 113 plate appearances and displayed above-average defense at both the third base and shortstop positions.

Yasmani Grandal: Acquired from the San Diego Padres last December, Grandal went on to make his first All-Star team and posted career-highs in home runs (16) and walks (65), some of which came while playing through a shoulder injury sustained in August.

Joc Pederson: Despite a major second-half slump, Pederson was selected to his first All-Star Game and Home Run Derby in July and finished his rookie season with 26 home runs, 92 walks, and Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.

CONTINUE READING: Zack Greinke And Other 2015 MVPs

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

MVPs

Zack Greinke: In his third season with Los Angeles, Greinke posted the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball since 1995 (1.66) to go along with a ridiculously low 0.84 WHIP and 200 strikeouts in 222.2 innings pitched.

He is a strong favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award, and it will be interesting to see how hard the Dodgers push to keep him in blue for the foreseeable future with a likely opt-out looming.

Clayton Kershaw: The 2014 MVP and NL Cy Young Award winner enjoyed another dominant season in 2015, pitching to a 2.13 ERA and 1.99 FIP in 232.2 innings. He became the first Dodgers pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1966 to record 300 strikeouts and will be among the three finalists for this year’s Cy Young voting.

Justin Turner: Becoming the full-time starting third baseman in May, Turner went on to hit a career-high 16 home runs in 126 games during the regular season with 60 RBIs.

Against his former team, the New York Mets, in the National League Division Series, Turner slashed .526/.550/.842 with six doubles in 20 plate appearances.

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