Texas Rangers: Handing Out the Mid-Season Awards

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 14: Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers congratulates Shin-Soo Choo #17 after defeating the Houston Astros 6-5 in the tenth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 14: Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers congratulates Shin-Soo Choo #17 after defeating the Houston Astros 6-5 in the tenth inning at Minute Maid Park on April 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 28: Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers celebrates their victory with Robinson Chirinos #61 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 28: Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers celebrates their victory with Robinson Chirinos #61 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Top Pitcher: Keone Kela

Not another shock here either. Keone Kela could make his case for Breakout Player. Or Most Improved. But he’s outperformed even those awards. Kela has taken over the closer role for the Texas Rangers and been one of the best in baseball. He’s now 23 for 23 on save opportunities this season. In his save opportunities in 2018, he’s posted an insane 0.84 ERA. Tack on 40 strikeouts in just 33 innings and it’s no question he’s been the best pitcher Texas has this year.

Kela’s name has been mentioned as one being on the move in a potential trade. He’s young, controllable and talented. And with the numbers he’s putting up, he no doubt could draw the biggest return on the trade market this summer.

Runner-Up: Jake Diekman

Honorable Mention: Jose Leclerc

Next: MVP

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