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So, someone is going to have to be the AL Rookie of the Year, right?

Jun 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

Jose Iglesias AP

The AL fired off all its rounds with a 2012 rookie class that featured Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Jarrod Parker, Hisashi Iwakuma, Matt Moore, Tommy Milone and many others. This year, the strong rookie class is in the other league, with Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran leading the way and Yasiel Puig potentially putting in a charge.

The AL class, on the other hand, is extraordinarily weak 40 percent of the way through the season.

Here are all the AL rookies with 100 at-bats:

Aaron Hicks (CF Twins): .179/.249/.326, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 4 SB in 190 AB
Conor Gillaspie (3B White Sox): .248/.313/.360, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB in 161 AB
J.B. Shuck (OF Angels): .278/.324/.349, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB in 126 AB
Brandon Barnes (OF Astros): .282/.341/.419, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 4 SB in 117 AB
Robbie Grossman (OF Astros): .198/.310/.243, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB in 111 AB

Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias, hitting a completely unsustainable .446/.494/.581 in 74 at-bats, has been the league’s top position rookie so far. Still, the true rays of hope come in the form of the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar (.258/.315/.379 in 66 AB), the Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia (.255/.318/.449 in 98 AB) and the Mariners’ Nick Franklin (.250/.353/.455 in 44 AB).

The pitching side isn’t much better. Six AL rookies have made at least five starts so far:

Nick Tepesch (Rangers): 3-5, 3.92 ERA, 45/16 K/BB in 62 IP
Justin Grimm (Rangers): 5-3, 5.25 ERA, 51/20 K/BB in 60 IP
Dan Straily (Athletics): 3-2, 4.67 ERA, 44/15 K/BB in 52 IP
Brandon Maurer (Mariners): 2-7, 6.93 ERA, 32/17 K/BB in 49 1/3 IP
Pedro Hernandez (Twins): 2-1, 5.85 ERA, 17/10 K/BB in 32 1/3 IP
Brad Peacock (Astros): 1-3, 8.07 ERA, 23/17 K/BB in 29 IP

Those last three are all back in the minors now.

And while some relievers have enjoyed moderate success (Ryan Pressly, Preston Claiborne, Cody Allen and Alex Torres most notably), none of them are threatening for closing gigs. There doesn’t seem to be an Addison Reed or a Sean Doolittle in the bunch.

A couple of rookies will emerge as the year goes on. Tampa Bay’s Wil Myers should debut soon. Seattle called up Mike Zunino today. Profar and Arcia could force their teams to play them regularly. Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer could start fulfilling their potential, and maybe Bruce Rondon will yet factor into the closing mix for Detroit. Still, as of June 11, we’re probably looking at either Nick Tepesch or Jose Iglesias as the AL Rookie of the Year and that’s pretty hard to fathom.

  1. townballblog - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Jose Iglesias…checkmate.

    • rje49 - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      I’ll second that thought. His average will surely fall, but if it ends up above, say .280, this fielding wizz has a strong shot at ROY.

      • baseballici0us - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM


        Yep, he is a fielding Wizz. Buster Onley said that the Yankkes wrote on their scouting report that he had the best hands since Omar Vizquel…. As far as baseball defense goes, that is as big a compliment as you can get.

    • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

      he is good,but consider other players like Myers.It dosen’t come down to just one player.I do think he has a good chance of winning,but he’ll have compatition

    • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM


  2. beefytrout - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Tepesch has been solid for the Rangers.

  3. pjmitch - Jun 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I guess seeing your NL list above, you don’t think Evan Gattis has done enough yet to be considered??

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      Sure, Gattis is worth a mention, too. If they voted today, it’d have to be Miller first and then Gattis or Ryu for second.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 12, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Or they were just naming a few players off the top of their head in a post about AL ROY. I think you could be reading to much into that.

  4. mianfr - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    It will get better, the real prospects aren’t up yet.

    If we survived AL Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby, we’ll survive this.

    • weaselpuppy - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      or Aaron Bailey or walt weiss

      • dondada10 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Angel Berroa

      • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:35 AM

        yasel puig

      • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:36 AM

        yasel puig for nl

  5. Matthew Pouliot - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    FWIW, by Fangraphs WAR, the top seven rookies are all in the NL: Miller, Gattis, Gyorko, Ozuna, Pollock, Gregorius and Ryu. Iglesias and Straily are the AL’s top rookies at 1.3 WAR, followed closely by Barnes at 1.2, Yan Gomes at 1.1 and Tepesch and Grimm both at 1.0.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    It really does not matter who the rookie of the year is. This is a minor award and many who win it end up having mediocre careers.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      What? Are you only factoring in players from the Blue Jays or Expos?

      Since 1947 to present day 21% of the ROYs have made the HOF. That number doesn’t include modern day players that are up for HOF balloting or active players. Meaning that percentage will only increase over time.

      If you look at the list of non-HOF ROYs there are many more more players that were above average for their era than players that had “mediocre careers” – hello Bobby Crosby and Ben Grieve.

      Don’t let actual facts get in the way of your broad assumptions.

      • paul621 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        “Since 1947 to present day 21% of the ROYs have made the HOF. That number doesn’t include modern day players that are up for HOF balloting or active players. Meaning that percentage will only increase over time.”

        I don’t follow your logic–why would that percentage increase? Sure, some former ROYs will make the Hall in the next few years, but they’ll just be replaced in the dataset by this year’s ROY and future ROYs. Unless you think the crop of ROYs not yet in the Hall are better than those already judged, there’s no reason to think that number will change.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        I don’t understand maths. 79% is not many? Math is haaaard. 😦

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Kindly read what I wrote. It is a minor award. The HOF votes cover entire careers not the first year of a career. How can anybody question a simple truth that many who win it end up having mediocre careers? Your stat do not refute my points.

      • 22jfortner - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        I agree.Mike Trout,Miguel Cabbrra,and Justin V. are all making the hall of fame

      • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM

        I agree.Mike Trout,Miguel Cabbrra,and Justin V. are all making the hall of fame.They are all top of the leuage players

      • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM

        you are so right

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Manny Machado wasn’t even considered last year, and isn’t eligible this year. Now he’s easily one of the better players in the list listed above. My point? Rookie of the year doesn’t mean squat. Stupid eligibility rules, and even more ridiculous service time rules, all help to conspire to the meaningless of the award. It’s not like in football or basketball where the rookie is on the team and tends to play the entire season. Finally we find the one award that’s more worthless than the “Gold Glove” that always seems to go to the best hitter with half-way decent defense.

    • braddavery - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      If there were no eligibility rules for ROY, then every player could be considered a rookie. The rules create rookie status, so I don’t see how it’s “stupid” to award the best rookie every year. It’s just a fun award that’s been around for a LONG time.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        I am not saying that having rules are stupid, I am saying the rules as current need improvement. All it takes to have your rookie season be counted is to be on a roster for 45 days. You don’t even have to play. The system is also unbalanced towards foreign players who have played professionally in other leagues. Multiple players have won the award in their 30s. And you know what? That’s fine, it’s fun and it’s something different from other sports. I’m just saying because of all the rules and the way the game is played, especially with young talent and such a deep minor league system, you really can’t take the award very seriously.
        Just look at the list of past winners. There are some good players in there, and there are some that have gone on to become average players, or even fallen out of the league completely.

      • proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        I love a post that ends in a Wikipedia citation, stellar research.

      • 22jfortner - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        yeah,but at least consider 2nd year players.The choices are too slim for just rookies.A rookie could have 6 HR’s,245.BA,and 50 fishes to win

  8. historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM


  9. dhalb34 - Jun 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    If Freiman from the A’s would get more at bats against righties he would be considered. He did win rookie of the week in May. Not too bad for a rule 5 pick that the Stros gave up on.

  10. albertmn - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    After the last few seasons, it is great to see the Twins even have some young players worth mentioning, even if none end up being in the running for Rookie of the Year. Pressly has been an awesome pickup for a Rule 5 player. Usually, they have to be stashed on the roster, but Pressly has been useful and has pitched well so far.

    • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:41 AM


    • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      oops.CAPS LOCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    • 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      oops.CAPS LOCK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 22jfortner - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Iglesias is by far a good canidate,but you have to look at others.Will Myers is doing great.It is going to come down to those two at the end of the year.The transfer of teams will be tough for Iglesias,but it isn’t really diferent weather conditions.Detroit is by a lake,while Boston is near an ocean.There is a lot of cold times in the AL central,but I’m sure Iglesias will be able to handle it.SO far,I think it goes to Iglesias

  12. 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    tigers for MVP,cy young,ROY,AL,and WS

  13. 22jfortner - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    the tigers clinch division.yyaaaaay!!!!!!

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