Now that Fall is here, and the 2010 baseball season is almost over, it is time to consider which player will be the AL Rookie of the Year.
There are no real standouts in this category in the AL, but a few rookies have put in solid, if unspectacular, first years.
What is the criteria for the Rookie of the Year? According to Wilkipedia, “In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is annually given to one player from each league as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The award was established in 1940 by the Chicago chapter of the BBWAA, which selected an annual winner from 1940 through 1946. The award became national in 1947;Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ first baseman, won the inaugural award. One award was presented for both leagues in 1947 and 1948; since 1949, the honor has been given to one player each in the National and American League.”
For batters, Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers is batting .298 as of September 30, 2010, has 26 stolen bases, 181 hits, and 102 runs scored. His on base percentage is .349, and his slugging percentage is .407. He’s not a home run hitter, he has only four round-trippers. However, he is in double digits in doubles (34) and triples. (10).
Another Tiger, Brennan Boesh, is batting .260 with 118 hits in 453 at bats. He has 14 home runs, three triples, and 26 doubles. Also, he has 66 RBIs, a .325 on base percentage, and a .424 slugging average.
While Boesh’s numbers are good, Jackson’s are better. He’s tied for second in the league in triples. He is in the top 100 in doubles. He is 14th in batting average.
Jackson is a good Rookie of the Year Award candidate, but not the best. He should come in second in voting.
As for pitchers, Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays has, as of September 30, 2010, started 28 games, has a 12-10 won-loss record, and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.14, which is not bad for a rookie. In 161 innings pitched, he has allowed 162 hits, walked 60, and struck out 107. His walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) is 1.38. His win percentage is .545. The Rays total team win percentage is .595. His win percentage is lower than the team’s win percentage.
Another AL rookie pitcher worth consideration is Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles. He’s started 31 games, has an 9-12 record and an ERA of 4.40. In 169.2 innings pitched, he has given up 171 hits, walked 61, struck out 134, and his WHIP is 1.37. At 9-12, his winning percentage is .429. As of September 29, 2010, the Oriles win percentage is .399, so he is doing better than average for the team.
I don’t think either one of these pitchers has a chance to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
The pitcher I do think will win the Award is Neftali Feliz, the Texas Rangers’ closer. Feliz has saved, so far, 38 games for the team. He has a 4-3 won-loss record, three holds, three blown saves, a 2.81 ERA, has appeared in 68 games, pitched 67.1 innings, given up only 43 hits, and has a WHIP of 0.89. Considering his won-loss record, saves, blown saves, and holds, Feliz has contributed to a positive outcome for the team 39 times. That’s 44 percent of the Rangers’ 88 wins.
Major League Baseball Standings as of September 30, 2010:
ESPN.com Rookie Pitching Statistics as of September 30, 2010:
ESPN.com Rookie Batting Statistics as of September 30, 2010:
ESPN.com AL Batting Averages as of September 30, 2010
Wikipedia Definition of Rookie of the Year Award: