Monday, October 17, 2011

AL Rookie of the Year Picks


In our first post of an eight-part series highlighting baseball's major awards, here are the most deserving candidates for American League Rookie of the Year.

But first, MLB's official determination of rookie status is as follows:

"A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list)."

Jeremy Hellickson - SP Tampa Bay Rays
2011 notable stats: 13-10, 2.95 ERA, 189 IP, 1.153 WHIP, 4.2 WAR
-Made 29 starts, led all league starting pitchers in BABIP (.217), led all league rookies in innings pitched, was second in wins, and finished with the lowest ERA among all rookie starters.

Eric Hosmer - 1B Kansas City Royals
2011 notable stats: .293/.334/.465, 19 HR, 78 RBI, 27 2B, 1.3 WAR
-Hosmer broke onto the scene in early-May and proceeded to finish second among all league rookies in average, RBI, and doubles, was third in homers, and fourth in OPS (.799).

Ivan Nova - SP New York Yankees
2011 notable stats: 16-4, 3.70 ERA, 165.3 IP, 1.33 WHIP, 3.5 WAR
-"Super Nova" led all major league rookies in wins and winning percentage (.800) in 28 outings.

Michael Pineda - SP Seattle Mariners
2011 notable stats: 9-10, 3.74 ERA, 171 IP, 1.099 WHIP, 2.8 WAR
-Was named to AL All-Star team, led all rookies in strikeouts (173) and was second in the league among rookies in innings pitched.

Mark Trumbo - 1B Los Angeles Angels
2011 notable stats: .254/.291/.477, 29 HR, 87 RBI, 31 2B, 2.1 WAR
-Trumbo led all MLB rookies in homers and runs batted in while leading all AL rookies in doubles.

@jimmiadair's pick:

Jeremy Hellickson - Don't let that 13-10 deceptive record fool you, the Rays' right-hander had a phenomenal rookie campaign. Although finishing with three less wins than Nova, Hellickson boasted four more quality starts and didn't have the benefit of a staggering 8.82 runs support average (per nine innings) that Nova did -- which led the league. Pineda fizzled out in the second half while Hosmer had a good season, but not one well enough to garner ROY honors in this group. And while Trumbo's power numbers are impressive, his sub-.300 OBP and nearly 5-to-1 K/BB ratio is certainly not. I believe Hellickson comes away with the hardware in this one.

@RedlegsWriter's pick:

Jeremy Hellickson - This one came down to Eric Hosmer of the Royals, Mark Trumbo of the Angels and Hellickson for the Rays for me. Hellickson pitched pretty darn well for a rookie in the hard hitting AL East. He finished 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA in 189 innings of work. Had he done that as part of the Reds' staff, he would be considered the ace, with apologies to Johnny Cueto who didn't pitch enough innings to qualify statistically. Hellickson's numbers were really impressive as he became another pitcher in the line of homegrown products for the small market Rays.

Be looking on the blog tomorrow for our post on NL Rookie of the Year.

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