Here are the NL candidates for the Rookie of the Year with just a month to go in the regular season:
Corey Seager: This is Seager’s award to lose at this point. He has pretty much secured himself this award and has moved onto making a case for the NL MVP (as we’ll see later this week). His 6.9 fWAR trails just the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant amongst NL players. Seager leads NL rookies in runs scored.
Aledyms Diaz: The NL race was shaping up to be very interesting with three stellar rookie shortstops having outstanding seasons before injuries cost two of them, including Diaz. Diaz is batting .312 with 14 long balls and 57 RBIs. Diaz remains a tad behind Story in fWAR and more than 4 WAR behind Seager.
Trevor Story: Story made history earlier this year for his home run barrage in the first month of the season, but with an injury-shortened season, there is no chance for him to claim the NL Rookie of the Year honor. The Rockies have found themselves the heir apparent to Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop. Story leads all NL rookies with 27 HRs and 72 RBIs. Story is only behind Seager in fWAR amongst NL rookie position players.
Kenta Maeda: Maeda has been the only Dodger starting pitcher to remain virtually healthy for the entire season thus far. He leads NL rookie pitchers with 13 wins and 146.2 IP. He holds a solid 3.38 ERA along with striking out just over a batter per inning. Maeda has 2.6 fWAR this year.
Steven Matz: Matz holds similar numbers to Maeda, but his record doesn’t reflect that. Sitting at 9-8, Matz holds a 3.40 ERA while striking out just under a batter per inning. Matz has 2.8 fWAR, trailing just Jon Gray amongst NL rookie pitchers.
Junior Guerra: Guerra has a 7-3 record with a 2.93 ERA. Guerra is tied for fifth amongst NL rookie pitchers in WAR with 2.3 fWAR. The downside is that Guerra strikes out less than his contempories and has a higher walk rate.
Seung Hwan Oh: Oh has taken over the closer role from Trevor Rosenthal and has excelled in the role he was so comfortable with back in Asia. Oh leads NL rookie pitchers in ERA at 1.70 and FIP at 1.86.
My Final Candidates:
- Corey Seager
- Trevor Story
- Kenta Maeda
Do any others receive recognition? Travis Janikowski? Trea Turner? Ryan Schimpf? Jon Gray? Do you agree with my rankings? Do you think Diaz or Oh should have been in the top 3? Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section!