Matt Harvey P New York Mets: The 2010 First Round draft pick is paying dividends for the boys from Queens. Harvey is the future of the NY Mets. He had a better than average 10 starts after being called up in 2012 carrying a 2.73 ERA. In 2013 he has been electric. Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 121 strikeouts and an ERA+ of 177 in 110 innings pitched. With the Mets nation on his back he is delivering and is one of the best young talents in baseball. If you do not know who Matt Harvey is just watch the All-Star game since there is a good chance he will be starting.
Miguel Cabrera 3B Detroit Tigers: In 2013 Cabrera was the AL MVP and became the first Triple Crown winner in over four decades. He hit .330, with 44 home runs and 139 RBI. There is no way he can replicate that right? Well in 74 games this year he is leading the league in hitting at .368, in RBI with 77 and is sniffing first place in home runs with 21. Can we go back to back years with a Triple Crown and be the same guy? It’s insane to imagine but just that thought puts the hitting machine on the short list of players to grace the cover.
Clayton Kershaw SP Los Angeles Dodgers: He is on the verge of becoming one of the highest, if not the highest, paid pitchers in the history of baseball. Cy Young Award winner in 2011 and second in 2012. He has a career 66-42 record with an ERA of 2.72. His ERA+ has been at 150 or better for three seasons. In 2013 he is 5-5 with a 2.06 ERA and if he was on almost any team not named the Dodgers he might be 8-2. Besides the Dodgers deserve to get something from all that money they spent even if it’s just a video game cover.
Bryce Harper OF Washington Nationals: It is hard to believe Bryce is only 20 years old since we have heard about him since he played high school baseball in Las Vegas. At 19 years old he burst onto the scene and made the All-Star team while winning the NL Rookie of the Year. Hampered by injury in 2013 he has only played in 44 games but this about the future and this youngster is just that. He is hitting .287, with 23 RBI and 12 home runs in those 44 games. His raw talent, mental acumen and drive to win will keep him on the short list for the next decade.
So what do you think? Is it one of the six I mentioned above? Is there someone else that deserves the cover? If you have someone else in mind leave a comment on what that should be. Let the voting begin!