There are many players throughout the history of Major League Baseball that have won the ROY and then faded into nothing more than the answer to a trivia question. Remember Joe Charboneau? 1980 ROY, only played 2 more seasons after that. But there have been others that have gone on to Hall of Fame careers. The bottom line is that you never really know what you’re going to get with a guy that comes out of the gate on fire. The American League ROY race is, at least for now, a race between two players. We’ll see if someone else emerges over the next two months.
Shohei Ohtani: Ohtani, as most of you know, is a 2-way player. He’s been effective, albeit somewhat inconsistent, both at the plate and on the mound.
- BA .263, OBP .342, SLG .509, OPS .851, HR 9, RBI 25
- 4-1, 3.10 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 61 K
These are impressive numbers for anyone, much less a rookie. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain these numbers both at the plate and on the mound over an extended period of time. Where will he be 5 years from now? I’d love to see him continue being used as he is now. It’s never been done to this extent before, so I’m pulling for the guy.
Gleyber Torres: BA .289, OBP .347, SLG .542, OPS .889, HR 15, RBI 42. Torres is having a really good year for the New York Yankees. He has come up with clutch hits on several occasions and doesn’t seem to be fazed by the bright lights of New York City. His production in August and September will be extremely important for the Yankees, especially with Aaron Judge out for a while. We’ll see if his young shoulders are up to the task as we go forward.
So, again, it’s a 2 man race in the AL for the Rookie of the Year. I feel that Torres is leading for now, but Ohtani could catch him depending on how each of them performs in the last 2 months of the season. The 2-way player versus the kid under the bright lights. This should be a fun race to watch.