White Sox midseason awards: A few diamonds in the rough

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Jul 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) runs to first after hitting a single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

MVP – 1B Jose Abreu

Right away before you guys start the Chris Sale talk, let me start by saying it is hard for me to consider a pitcher the most valuable player of any team when they only affect the game once every five days.

The White Sox would have to have no one on the team hitting and that is not the case.

Last season, Abreu came on the scene and right away put himself among the best hitters in baseball as a rookie.

This season has shown us all that he is no one-hit wonder. He is among the AL leaders in home runs, RBIs, runs and batting average.

For the season he is hitting .296/.343/.492 with 14 home runs, 46 RBIs and 50 runs scored. He has been the one mainstay in the White Sox lineup who manager Robin Ventura has been able to depend on.

The power is down from his rookie campaign in 2014 but to be fair, you can count on one hand how many guys in the league this season have matched those numbers.

Last season at the break, he hit .292/.342/.630 with 29 home runs, 73 RBIs.

Next: Chris Sale, Cy Young, enough said.

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