Close Races for Rookie of the Year in Both Leagues

With just 10 games remaining in the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, means the votes for Rookie of the Year for both leagues will be coming in soon.

The race for rookie of the year in the National League is led by Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop. Seager has already played in 146 of the Dodgers’ games. He has batted .313 with 25 home runs along with 39 doubles.

Seager has played over 1,200 innings of defense at shortstop, is hitting like a veteran and plays one of the toughest positions in the game. He could even be a candidate for MVP as well.

Another player with the Dodgers in the running is Kenta Maeda. The rookie pitcher thus far has made 29 starts and has a 3.24 ERA, with a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.67. In 22 of his 29 starts, Maeda has allowed three or fewer runs.

Aledmys Diaz a shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals has been injured part of the season with a fractured thumb but has been very productive when he has been healthy.

In the 103 games he has played, Diaz has batted .303 with 16 home runs and 26 doubles.

In the American League, two players come to mind. Michael Fulmer a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.03. He is also a candidate to win the AL Cy Young Award. He leads all rookie pitchers in WAR, and if he were not just 4 outs short of qualifying in the league for ERA he would be second and sixth in WHIP.

He has started just 24 games, but has provided huge value to the Tigers than other rookies have to their respective teams. He is a member of the starting rotation and is at least No. 3 or even No. 2 in the rotation.

Gary Sanchez has done nothing but grab headlines since taking on the catcher’s role for the New York Yankees. He is batting .327 with 19 home runs. He set a record this week as the quickest player in MLB history to hit his first 19 home runs. He hit both No. 18 and No. 19 in his 45th game.

If Sanchez plays in the rest of the Yankees regular season games he will finish with just 54 games played. The fewest games that any previous ROY played was 52 and that was in 1959 when Willie McCovey won the award.

Ryan Howard with the Phillies played just 88 in 2005 when he won the award. Sanchez will have a hard time winning the award due to Fulmer’s strong season with the Tigers.

 

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