As the second half gets ready to begin, we hand out hardware -- both baseball related and some just for fun -- from the first half of the Minnesota Twins' 2016 season.
MVP: Eduardo Nunez
The Twins' lone representative at the All-Star Game, Nunez leads Minnesota with a .321 batting average, 101 hits -- nearly doubling his season total from last season -- and 22 steals, and is second on the club in runs (46), RBI (40), doubles (15) and home runs (12).
The Twins have a number of pitching prospects in the minors, including Jose Berrios, J.T. Chargois and Tyler Jay. But Gonsalves, a fourth-round pick in 2013, gets our nod. He has steadily risen through the minors each year and is now in Double-A Chattanooga, where he is 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. In his minor-league career, Gonsalves has a 2.29 ERA, .204 opponent batting average, 1.10 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. If isn't if, but when will Gonsalves find himself in Minnesota's rotation.
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Cy Young: Ervin Santana
Admittedly the pitching staff has been a weak point for the Twins this season, but Santana has been the best of the bunch, particularly recently. He's made four starts over the last month and is 2-0 with a 1.63 ERA, 0.795 WHIP and .173 opponent batting average. As the second-half begins, Santana is coming off a 2-hit shutout of Oakland.
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Top newcomer: Max Kepler
Born in Germany, Kepler was a Triple-A fill-in for the Twins early in the season, before breaking out emphatically in June. Kepler is hitting .238 on the season with 33 RBI and eight home runs through 46 games, a surge that culminated in a grand slam against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. He has five home runs and 18 RBI in just 10 July games.
A castoff of the Houston Astros after spending several years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Grossman has flourished with the Twins. The 6-foot outfielder is batting .289 since joining the Twins full time in May, along with 18 extra-base hits and 21 RBI.
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Best reason to lose a helmet: Eduardo Nunez
There's no official statistic, but Eduardo Nunez has to lead the league in time losing a helmet while on the basepaths. However, never has it been more appropriate than on June 2, when Nunez hit an inside-the-park home run to lead off the bottom of the first inning against Tampa Bay. The helmet, of course, was long gone even before he hit second base,
From wacky socks to cat photos, this Twins reliever is a social media master. His website showcases both original music and his cat, while May is an active "streamer" on Twitch, where he broadcasts himself playing various videogames and interacts with fans.
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Most hair-raising experience: This guy
Now that's fandom. The only bigger fan? The person who spent the time shaving that thing in his back.