In the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, this is my rookie year for voting in the group’s end-of-season awards. In the BBA, the Willie Mays Award goes to the top rookie, and here’s my ballot influenced heavily by the great MLB.com statistical rundown on rookies:
1. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta – Braves: Playing virtually every game at 1st base, Freeman posted great numbers with 161 hits, 21 homers, 76 RBI and a .282 average. Those are impressive numbers for a veteran and all the more so for a rookie.
2. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels – A close second in my book, he hit even more homers (29) than Freeman.
3. Jemile Weeks, Oakland Ahtletics – A mid-season call-up, this dude put some energy into the A’s. He hit .303 with 22 stolen bases (although he was caught 11 times.
Honorable mention: Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners (edged out by a step at the bag by Weeks); Danny Espinoza, Washington Nationals; Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs; Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals.
That’s one heck of a rookie crop, and there are others showing lots of promise I’m omitting.
Note: The only players of the above I saw play in person were Weeks and Hosmer.
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No love for Vance Worley? 21 starts. Phils were 16-5 in those starts. Lots of strikeouts looking. Awesome glasses.
You know, I realized after I posted this that I completely ignored all pitchers. Bonehead move on my part. I may revise this – especially because of the glasses!
Another pitcher, and my #1 pick for Rookie of the Year: Craig Kimbrel. Didn’t he set the rookie record for saves with 46?