Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Looking Back at My 2016 Rookie of the Year Predictions

Spoiler alert, I didn’t have Gary Sanchez winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award back during the preseason when I made these predictions. That may be a severe lack of judgement on my part but I’m sure you guys are used to that if you’ve been reading my work and my predictions long enough. I don’t tend to get them right as often as I probably should, I guess that’s why I’m a poor man with a blog and not a rich man who won the lottery or invented some new tool or device that took the country by storm. And FYI, I’m okay with that.

Here are my predictions I made back in March of this year:

In the American League there is a name we’ve heard a ton about for a long, long time. That name is Byron Buxton of the Minnesota Twins, a longtime top prospect in Major League Baseball. The Twins have been patient with the young outfielder and they finally got some dividends paid back in 2015. Buxton hit .209/.250/.326 in 138 plate appearances in 2015 and is still considered a prospect for the 2016 season meaning he is still eligible to win the American League’s version of the ROY Award, and he will in my estimation. Let’s not forget that Mike Trout began his career in 2011 with a 40 game stint that included a .220/.281/.390 triple slash. 

Don’t be surprised if Luis Severino is listed somewhere in the final voting though, this kid has all the making of being pretty special. (Edit: hahahahahahahaha) 

In the National League I considered going with Steven Matz of the New York Mets or Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers but I ultimately landed on the starting shortstop for the Washington Nationals, Trea Turner.  Turner burst onto the scene in a big way in 2015 posting a .322/.370/.458 triple slash with 29 stolen bases in the minor leagues before making a quick cameo in the Major Leagues last season. With Ian Desmond out the Nationals will give the bulk of the playing time to Turner giving him plenty of opportunities and plenty of runners on base in front of him to get him the award. 

I wanted to go with Carlos Martinez of St. Louis but that suspension is going to eat up much of his season leaving him on the outside looking in. 

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