I was asked by Arne to make selections for the Willie Mays Awards - Rookies of the Year in both Leagues.
Here you go...
- Jose Abreu - 1st baseman for the Chicago White Sox. He led the AL Rookies in at bats (556), runs (80), hits (176), doubles (35), home runs (36), RBI (107), bases on balls (51), OBP (.383), slugging (.581), and OPS (.964).
- Masahiro Tanaka - pitcher for the New York Yankees. He lead the AL Rookies in complete games (3). He went 13-5 in 20 starts with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He tied the AL Rookies mark in shutouts (1).
- Matt Shoemaker - pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He lead the AL Rookies in Wins (16) and had a 3.04 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
- Jacob deGrom - pitcher for the New York Mets. He led the NL Rookies in strikeouts (144), most innings pitched (140.1), and tied for most wins (9). He had a 2.69 ERA.
- Billy Hamilton - outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. He led the NL Rookies in runs (72), hits (141), doubles (25), strikeouts (117), and stolen bases (56). He tied for league leading Rookie RBI (48).
- Yangervis Solarte - 3B for the San Diego Padres. He led the NL Rookies in bases on balls (53). He tied for league leading Rookie RBI (48). Solarte was consistently in the top tier in many categories, including second place in at bats (469), runs (56), hits (122), and OBP (.336).