2015 MLB first half awards

Two of baseball's young stars, Mike Trout (left) and Bryce Harper, played out of their minds in the first half of the season.

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The 2015 season has reached the halfway point, but before we look ahead to the second half, trade deadline and playoff races, let’s take one final look back at the first half.

The first half was full of great plays and exceptional performances, so let’s reward those performances with some (virtual) hardware.

FOX Sports polled its MLB crew for some first-half awards and their picks, as well as their choices for runner-up (listed second) are as follows:

AL MVP: Mike Trout

Mike Trout’s career continues to defy logic. The 23-year-old superstar has already been to four All-Star games and won practically every major award there is. Hitting .312 with 26 homers at the All-Star break, Trout is the unanimous first half AL MVP.

Robert Pace: Trout, Josh Donaldson

Danny Farris: Trout, Donaldson

Adrian Garro: Trout, Donaldson

Brian Bencomo: Trout, Donaldson

Lindsey Foltin: Trout, Miguel Cabrera

AL Cy Young: Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel, who started for the American League in the All-Star Game, is off to a tremendous start. The Astros have been a bit of a surprise to the entire baseball world and Keuchel is a big reason why. The left-hander is 11-4 with a 2.23 ERA and a pair of shutouts.

Pace: Chris Sale, Keuchel

Farris: Sale, Chris Archer

Garro: Keuchel, Sonny Gray

Bencomo: Keuchel, Sale

Foltin: Gray, Keuchel

AL Rookie of the Year: Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa is just 20 years old and hasn’t been in the Majors for very long, but he’s most certainly proved that he belongs. The young Astros shortstop is hitting .276 with seven homers and 19 RBI in just 32 games.

Pace: Devon Travis, Billy Burns

Farris: Correa, Travis

Garro: Correa, Burns

Bencomo: Correa, Burns

Foltin: Correa, Travis

AL Reliever of the Year: Glen Perkins

Glen Perkins is having a tremendous year. The Twins closer has a 1.21 ERA and has already notched 28 saves (his career high is 36). Perkins, 32, has spent his entire 10-year career with the Twins and has been an All-Star each of the past three seasons.

Pace: Perkins, Dellin Betances

Farris: Perkins, Wade Davis

Garro: Betances, Davis

Bencomo: Perkins, Davis

Foltin: Perkins, Huston Street

AL Manager of the Year: A.J. Hinch

The Astros have been a great surprise so far this season and A.J. Hinch has played a big role in Houston’s resurgence. In his first year at the helm, Hinch has led the Astros to a 49-42 mark at the break, and they are are a half-game back in the AL West. The Astros have a lot of young talent that will be exciting to watch not only in the second half, but in the upcoming years.

Pace: Ned Yost, Paul Molitor

Farris: Hinch, Joe Girardi

Garro: Hinch, Molitor

Bencomo: Hinch, Molitor

Foltin: Hinch, Kevin Cash

NL MVP: Bryce Harper

The 2015 season is shaping up to be Bryce Harper’s breakout year. The Nationals’ 22-year-old superstar has loads of talent, but injuries have hampered him in the past. So far this year he’s hitting .339 and has already posted career-highs in homers (26) and RBI (61).

Pace: Paul Goldschmidt, Harper

Farris: Harper, Goldschmidt

Garro: Harper, Goldschmidt

Bencomo: Goldschmidt, Harper

Foltin: Harper, Goldschmidt

NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer

Throw a no-hitter and you get rewarded. The Nationals ace threw a no-hitter against the Pirates on June 20 in what was the highlight of a brilliant first half. Scherzer is 10-7 with a 2.11 ERA and has thrown seven or more innings in 14 of his 18 starts.

Pace: Scherzer, Zack Greinke

Farris: Scherzer, Gerrit Cole

Garro: Scherzer, Greinke

Bencomo: Greinke, Scherzer

Foltin: Scherzer, Greinke

NL Rookie of the Year: Joc Pederson

Everyone knows about Joc Pederson after his monstrous performance in the Home Run Derby, but those in Los Angeles knew about him long before that. The highly touted Dodgers outfielder fell into a bit of a slump before the break, but his 20 homers and 40 RBI can’t be ignored.

Pace: Kris Bryant, Chris Heston

Farris: Pederson, Bryant

Garro: Pederson, Bryant

Bencomo: Pederson, Bryant

Foltin: Pederson, Bryant

NL Reliever of the Year: Jeurys Familia

Jeurys Familia may not have won the NL Final Vote or earned a spot on the All-Star team, but his breakout first half was not forgotten among those at FOX Sports. After posting career bests in saves (5) and ERA (2.21) in 2014, Familia has shattered those numbers in just the first half of 2015. The Mets reliver has a 1.25 ERA and 27 saves at the break.

Pace: Familia, Aroldis Chapman

Farris: Mark Melancon, Familia

Garro: Familia, Chapman

Bencomo: Trevor Rosenthal, Familia

Foltin: Melancon, Familia

NL Manager of the Year: Mike Matheny

Once again Mike Matheny has done a masterful job of managing the Cardinals. St. Louis is without  power-hitting first baseman Matt Adams and ace of the pitching staff Adam Wainwright; however, that hasn’t slowed down Matheny’s bunch, who lead the NL Central with a 56-33 record.

Pace: Mike Matheny, Joe Maddon

Farris: Maddon, Chip Hale

Garro: Maddon, Clint Hurdle

Bencomo: Matheny, Hale

Foltin: Matheny, Maddon