Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for the 2021 Hank Aaron Award this afternoon. The award is given to the best offensive player in each league and has been around since 1999. This season Nick Castellanos has been named as one of the seven finalists in the National League along with Brandon Crawford, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr. The winner will be determined partially by fan vote (you can vote here if that’s your thing) and partially by a panel of Hall of Famers.
In 2021 Nick Castellanos hit .309/.362/.576 with Cincinnati. He also happened to be an extra-base hit machine, picking up 38 doubles, a triple, and 34 home runs in 138 games played. He would scored 95 runs on the season and drive in an even 100. His 34 home runs were a career best and the first time in which he had topped the 30 home run mark in his career.
Here’s how the seven candidates stack up:
Paul Goldschmidt was the only player to not lead the group in at least one category. Nick Castellanos led in RBI among this group, but led nowhere else. Juan Soto led the way as he was atop four categories.
With the fan vote playing in here, who really know how things will play out.
The only time that the Cincinnati Reds have had a Hank Aaron Award winner was back in 2010 when Joey Votto won. That was also his MVP season in which he hit .324/.424/.600 with 36 doubles, 2 triples, 37 home runs, had 16 steals, scored 106 runs, and drove in 113.