Now that Fall is here, and the 2010 baseball season is almost over, it is time to consider which player will be the NL Rookie of the Year. The statistics in this article are based on ESPN.com’s Major League Baseball site, as of September 28, 2010.
There are some standout pitchers in this category in the NL.
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.”
The best rookie starter is Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals. Garcia’s won-loss record is 13-8. He’s started 28 games, has an earned run average (ERA) of 2.70, pitched 163.1 innings, allowed 151 hits, 64 walks, struck out 132, and has a walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) number of 1.32. Garcia leads all rookies in wins. His win percentage of.619 is .103 points better than the Cardinals .516 (a won ‘”loss record of 81-76.
Another starter worth considering, although he probably does not have enough time in the majors for consideration, is Daniel Hudson of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hudson has a 7-1 won-loss record in 11 starts, resulting in a won-loss percentage of 87.5 percent, an outstanding 1.69 ERA, 79.2 innings pitched, allowing only 51 hits, walking 16, and striking out 70. Hudson’s WHIP is 0.84. Any WHIP below one is very good. The Diamondbacks’ win-loss record is 65-93 (a .408 winning percentage). The team is last in the NL West Hudson, although he has a limited record, is .467 percentage points higher than his team’s win-loss percentage. In fact, he has won 11 percent of the Diamonbacks’ team wins.
As for closers, John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers is way ahead in the saves category for rookies, with 22. In addition, he has an outstanding 8-1 record, making him involved 30 of the Brewers’ 73 wins. In 47 games, he has pitched 55.1 innings, has a 2.28 ERA, walked 26 and struck out 70. Since the Brewers are not doing well this year, Axford may be overlooked for the Rookie of the Year Award. He shouldn’t be.
A middle reliever worth consideration is Jonny Venters of the Atlanta Braves. Venters leads all rookies with 23 holds. He’s appeared in 76 games, pitched 80 innnings, has a 4-3 won-loss record, but an excellent 1.79 ERA. Venters has allowed 38 walks, struck out 89 and has a WHIP of 1.16.
As for rookie regulars (position players), there are no outstanding players, although some rookie batters have had good years. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants leads all rookies, as of September 28, 2010, with a .313 batting average in 386 at bats. He has 23 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 64 runs batted in (RBI), and a slugging percentage of over .500 (508).
In 505 at bats, the Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward has 81 runs scored, 141 hits, 29 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 71 RBIs, a .279 batting average and an on base percentage of .394. A drawback is his 125 strikeouts.
Gaby Sanchez of the Florida Marlins has 555 at bats, 153 hits, 36 doubles (good enough for tied for eighth in the league), three triples, 19 home runs and 83 RBI (which is tied for 16th in the league).
The two front-runners for the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Award are Garcia and Sanchez.
I believe Garcia will win the award.
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