Friday, November 13, 2009

Rookie of the Year Ballot

The Seamheads Postseason Award Ballots that we shared last month didn't ask for Rookie of the Year votes. Here is our unsolicited Rookie of the Year ballot for the ol' blog.

American League Rookie of the Year
1.) Elvis Andrus
If he could learn to hit a bit, he could be the AL's version of what Jose Reyes was supposed to be.

2.) Rick Porcello
Loyal readers of this space know how much we appreciate Porcello. He had an incredible season, as a 20-year old who flourished a rotation spot for a team that was competitive through 163 games. He didn't strike out a lot of guys, but I think some on the job training in his early 20's could teach him a thing, or two, about strikeout pitches.

3.) Gordon Beckham
Bechham was a big part of the White Sox getting on track this season. With Kenny Williams trading for Mark Teahen, Beckham will be moving back to second base next season, upping his fantasy value along the way.

Mention: Jeff Niemann, Brett Anderson, Nolan Reimold, Andrew Bailey

National League Rookie of the Year
1.) Chris Coghlan
Coghlan was under the radar, with a .368 OBP in June, slowed down a bit in July... and then, he just got scorching hot. His Batting Averages in August, September, & October were: .385, .382, .462. (Also look for Coghlan to move to move to 2nd base next year, if/when the Marlins trade Dan Uggla.)

2.) Tommy Hanson
Some numbers: 11 Wins in 21 starts, 2.89 ERA, 522 batters faced, 105 Hits, 46 walks.

3.) Andrew McCutchen
Anyone who has seen this guy play immediately saw the talent, quick swing, tremendous speed, and exciting style. Yes, I just went from numbers for Hanson and hyperbole for McCutchen. Most of McCutchen's numbers don't jump out, but here are a couple of doozies... McCutchen made the league minimum salary ($400,000). He was a midseason call-up, so he only played 108 games. His performance for the Pirates was valued at 15.8 million dollars, in 108 games.

Mention: Dexter Fowler, JA Happ, Casey McGehee, Randy Wells

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