We have our Top 5 candidates for NL Rookie of the Year right here.
1) Jake Cronenworth
.323/.379/.551, 21 R, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 3 SB
He was the Padres 13th ranked prospect, unranked in the top 100, and now he’s the clear frontrunner for the NL ROY as a 26 year old. He was down as a SS/RHP but has now played all over all over the infield to keep his bat in the lineup. Defensively he’s made huge plays. He’s OPSing 1.095 with RISP. And statcast actually says he should be even better with an expected line of .367/.447/.649.
His biggest issue is slumping in September. He’s only hitting .192/.250/.269 to start the month. He had the advantage of starting the season almost right away, and starting hot, but when you’re the frontrunner you can only move down. The question is, how long will he slump, and will someone else have an even better September.
2) Dustin May
1-1, 2.88 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 28 K, 40.2 IP
Everyone new what May was capable of, he was the Dodgers #2 prospect and 23rd in all of MLB, but it’s still incredibly impressive every outing. The kid throws absolute gas. He may have the best sinkers in all of baseball.
He spins the ball better than 90% of pitchers. He’s pounding the zone, but batters are rarely squaring him up. He hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a start this year. His biggest issues come from relying too heavily on his heat. He throws his hard stuff over 80% of the time and guys are not striking out. If he can miss more bats throughout the end of the year, his stats should improve even more. Possibly enough to steal the award.
3) Alec Bohm
.291/.344/.419, 9 R, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB
He was the number 1 prospect for Philly, and 31st overall, but didn’t receive his promotion until the middle of August. Yet he already has 2 walk off hits for the Phillies. He seems to have a knack for clutch hitting already. With runners on he’s hitting .364/.423/.455. His high leverage line is .588/.600/.647 in his young 24 game career.
Bohm’s issue is he came into the game much later than his competition. While he’s been incredibly value so far, he’ll need to finish the season incredibly strong to make his way to the top. Considering he’s not a speedster on the bases, it would help if he could add to his home run total. He’s supposed to be an above average power hitter and right now his SLG is keeping him down.
4) Tony Gonsolin
0-0, 0.76 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, 25 K, 23.2 IP
5) Devin Williams
3-1, 0.53 ERA, 0.59 WHIP, 35 K, 17 IP