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Rookie Of the Year Candidates In Major League Baseball 2017

Updated on June 21, 2017

Rookie Talent

Every year Major League Baseball seems to get a group of young talent of players that are getting their professional ball career started in the Majors. Some of them are position players, while others are pitchers. I decided to list a few candidates that have very good chance of taking home the honors of MLB 2017 Rookie Of the Year award. Some rookies are off to a hot start, while others have chosen a more consistent route. Either way, these young studs have come to the Big Show and have already begun to impact their teams success. This list is in no particular order. Some of these players I have mentioned in my other Hub Youth Movement in Major League Baseball.

Brief History and Qualifications

Every year, The Baseball Writer's Association of America come together to determine who will take home the Rookie of the Year award. The Rookie of the Year honors became official in the year of 1947. Jackie Robinson was the first to win this prestigious award, and paved the way for rookies of the sport for many years to come. The award is given to a specific player from the National League and the American League for outstanding performance in their first Major League Season. The Rookie of the Year award is also known today as the Jackie Robinson award.

The rules for a position player or a pitcher has been set for many years. In order to qualify as a rookie, a player must follow these guidelines. Since 1971, the rules state that a position player must have at least 130 at bats to qualify, or a pitcher must pitch at least 50 innings. Another rule is a player must be on an active Major League Roster for 45 days prior to September 1st. Voters will come together and give each player points using a five point system for the qualifying rookie candidates.

Here Are The Candidates

First player I want to talk about is the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, Andrew Benintendi. Known for having a fun last name, and goes by the nick name Nintendo, Benintendi is making a strong case for Rookie of the Year honors. He is known as being a five tool player which means he possess great skills in both hitting and defense. He has recently starting to show his power, and has already shown his speed and glove work. He joins some very young talent in Boston, and is hoping to help them succeed on getting to the post season.

Second player who is on pace for a pretty good rookie campaign is starting pitcher from the Minnesota Twins, Jose Berrios. Berrios, came up last season but did not stay too long at the MLB level. This season however, he is making a case for rookie of the year by an ERA under 3 and already winning six of his starts with only one lose. Berrios is twenty two years old and is vastly becoming an ace for the Twins organization.

The next player that is making aruguably the best case in the American League Rookie of the Year race is Aaron Judge. All rise for the Judge, at least that is what the New York Yankees fans are doing. Judge leads the MLB in home runs and is the top leader in runs batted in. Judge does not lack in power or average. He also doesn't lack in size. Standing at six-foot seven, and weighing two hundred and eighty two pounds, Judge is impressive when it comes to hitting home runs. He has sparked a Yankees offense that seems to be helping them make a run for the post season. He is on pace to break the record for most home runs hit by a rookie.

Another player to make this list is Cody Bellinger. Los Angeles Dodgers called up Bellinger a little after the start of the season after their everyday first baseman went down with injury. Bellinger has proven that he will stay at the Major League level. He leads the National League in home runs and is showing no signs of slowing down. Bellinger, like Judge, is also on pace to break the rookie record for most home runs in a rookie season.

Next on the list is the short stop for the Atlanta Braves, Dansby Swanson. Off to a rough start, Swanson is starting to heat up at the plate and has already shown fans what he can do with his glove. He is an exciting young player to watch, and is definitely a crucial part to the Braves rebuild process. Swanson has speed and good contact with some power every now and again. He is definitely one of the better fielding short stops in the game as well.

Colorado Rockies are having a great season and have been leading the National League west thanks to two rookie pitchers. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela have been an instant impact for the Rockies rotation and helping them become one of the best teams this year. These two young arms have really been a key success and seem to be a huge part for the future of the Rockies. It has been a while since the Rockies have had successful pitching, but these two are making a strong case for Rookie of the Year.

Last on the list but certainly not least is Hunter Renfroe, who plays outfield for the San Diego Padres. Renfroe is showing some great power numbers for a rookie. However, he is struggling with his batting average. If his average continues to climb and the power numbers continue to be the same, then Renfroe will definitely become another candidate for rookie of the year.

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Still A Lot of Baseball Left To Play

The season is still young, and many other players could be called up, but for now this is my list of the candidates I think are the strongest to win the Rookie of the Year award. Nothing like having a young rookie get called up and become a impactful player from the start. That is the case for a few of these players that were mentioned above. And for many of those rookies listed, their teams are on the path to contending, some even this year. These young rookies make the game of Baseball more exciting. Especially since a few of them are on pace to break some pretty respectful records that haven't been touched in years. For the love of the game and being a huge baseball fan, I always enjoy the young studs that come up each year. It seems like the rookies are getting younger each year they are called up. It is also interesting to see which top prospects actually make it to the MLB and stay instead of being sent back down to the minor leagues.


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    • Fullerman5000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryan Fuller 

      16 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Thank you again Larry.

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      Larry Rankin 

      16 months ago from Oklahoma

      Again, great sports analysis!


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