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MLB Rookie of the Year 2010
2010-08-19

There are two very distinct trends that have developed throughout the course of the 2010 MLB season. One that has captured the attention of the public is the resurgence of great pitching performances, with five no-hitters on year, which still has well over two months to go. Although many have taken to calling this season “The Year of the Pitcher,” it could just as easily be called “The Year of the Rookie.” There are many rookies who have established themselves as future superstars, making the Rookie of the Year voting even more difficult. Here’s an attempt to wade through all the superstar rookies and determine who the recipients of the award in each league should be.

National League: Although both leagues have an abundance of young talent, you would have to give the overall edge to the NL if comparing the two. Stephen Strasburg has gotten all the attention, but there is more depth than the casual fan would know.

Early in the year, it appeared as if Jason Heyward would run away with the award. He homered in his opening at-bat and was among the early league leaders in home runs. An injury stymied some of his early-season progress but he was voted in to the All-Star game and has regained his momentum, currently carrying a .276 average, 11 home runs, and 48 RBI. He has an incredibly bright future.

Buster Posey has absolutely dazzled since being called up to the Giants major-league club. He has an astounding .368 average to go along with 8 homers and 33 RBI in a mere 49 games. If he continues the pace he has begun, it’ll be difficult for voters to overlook him at the end of the season.

There are three rookie pitchers who have taken the National League by storm. Mike Leake is unique because he skipped the minor leagues altogether. He has shown that the immediate promotion was justified, starting 19 games and posting a 3.57 ERA to go along with seven wins and just two losses. Jaime Garcia has bettered Leake though; he has a 9-4 record and the lowest ERA of any rookie at 2.21. And then, of course, there is Strasburg. He has certainly not failed to live up to the hype and currently has a 5-2 record and 2.32 ERA. He has astounded many with his command and ability to get strikeouts seemingly at will; he already has 75 in just over 54 innings.

Although Heyward and Leake have had tremendous seasons, this looks to be a three-man race. Garcia has put up tremendous numbers but he doesn’t have the “wow’ factor that Strasburg does. It’s close between those two but I believe Strasburg will continue to only gain momentum, leaving it between him and Posey. Posey may play well the rest of the year but it’s simply too difficult for a rookie to stay near the torrid offensive pace he’s played at. It should be a very close vote but I expect Strasburg to prevail. Strasburg was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list, but if he is able to put up a few spectacular starts after his return, he’ll be tough to vote against. The line at www.sportsbook.com has Jason Heyward at +500 to win the Rookie of the Year for the NL. Could be a very interesting bet to make. He has amazing talent.

American League: The American League may not have the headliners of the National League but has some very good young players nonetheless.
Alfredo Simon has been a good relief pitcher for Baltimore, converting 14 of 16 opportunities and maintaining a 3.03 ERA.

Another solid rookie closer is Neftali Feliz. Although his 3.74 ERA is merely decent, he’s succeeded in 28 of 30 save opportunities and opponents are hitting a paltry .195 against him. The line at www.sportsbook.com agrees as Feliz is the leader according to their current lines at -125 to win the AL Rookie of the Year.
The two best rookies among AL position players are Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, both of whom play for the Detroit Tigers. Jackson has proven himself as an outstanding everyday centerfielder, batting .316 and stealing 16 bases with his tremendous speed. Whereas Jackson is a speed player, Boesch has more power. He has already compiled 12 home runs and 51 RBI while maintaining a .310 average. Boesch was one of the biggest All-Star game snubs but he deserves this award as of now and it’s difficult to envision him getting snubbed again, despite his recent slump.







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