AL and NL Rookie of the Year

I’m going to post my picks for various MLB awards during this, the closing weekend of the season. I’ll start with the AL and NL Rookies of the Year.

American League Rookie of the Year

Contenders (in alphabetical order)

 

  • Jose Arredondo – RP/LAA –  10-2, 1.65 ERA, 1.05 WHIP in 60.0 IP – A pleasant surprise for the Angels bullpen, allowing Scoscia to not lean on Scot Shields in every tight situation.
  • Chris Davis – 1B-DH/TEX – 16 HR, 53 RBI, .321 OBP in 284 AB – He really didn’t play enough to be a serious contender, but expand his stats to the same number as Evan Longoria (below), and you get 25 HR, 82 RBI. Not too shabby.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury – OF/BOS – 8 HR, 45 RBI, .332 OBP, 96 R, 49 SB – Ellsbury came in with a world of expectations, and to an extent, he met them. However, he did struggle in the middle of the season, swinging at almost every fastball within a mile of the strike zone. He is hitting >.300 again in September.
  • Armando Galarraga – SP/DET – 13-6, 3.68 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 178.2 – In a dismal season for Detroit, Galarraga was a very pleasant surprise, pretty much becoming the most stable piece of a rickety rotation.
  • Evan Longoria – 3B/TAM – 27 HR, 85 RBI, .346 OBP in 437 AB – He missed some time to injury, but beyond that he has lived up to the lofty expectations of him, even in the middle of a pennant race.
  • David Murphy – OF/TEX – 15 HR, 74 RBI, .346 OBP in 437 AB – His season ended early due to injury, but he looks a lot like Rusty Greer 2.0.
  • Alexei Ramirez – 2B-OF/CHW – 20 HR, 73 RBI, .318 OBP in 464 AB – Another surprise, the Cuban defector put up solid offensive numbers, albeit tempered by his lack of plate discipline.
  • Brad Zeigler – RP/OAK – 3-0/0.92 ERA/1.13 WHIP/11 Sv on 58.2 – Billy Beane really pulled a rabbit out of a hat with Zeigler, who ended up supplanting Huston Street as the A’s closer by the end of the season.
How I’d vote:
  1. Longoria
  2. Ramirez
  3. Galarraga
National League Rookie of the Year
Contenders (in alphabetical order)
  • Jay Bruce – OF/CIN – 21 HR, 52 RBI, .320 OBP in 402 AB – Bruce came out gangbusters, cooled off and then found middle ground, producing well for mediocre Reds.
  • Jair Jurrjens – SP/ATL – 13-10, 3.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP in 188.1 IP – Jurrjens was part of the Renteria-to-Detroit deal and he paid off nicely for the Braves. Solid middle-of-the-rotation starter.
  • Geovany Soto – C/CHC – 23 HR, 86 RBI, .364 OBP in 493 AB – Rookie catchers tend to have a rough go of it, but Soto bucked that trend – and in the middle of a pennant race in front of baseball-crazed fans in Chicago.
  • Joey Votto – 1B/CIN – 22 HR, 79 RBI, .363 OBP in 516 AB – Another solid Reds rookie.
  • Cory Wade – RP/LAD – 2-1, 2.19, 0.90 in 70 IP – It never hurts to have a solid, young reliever.
How I’d vote:
  1. Soto
  2. Votto
  3. Jurrjens
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