Will two-way efficiency give Shohei Ohtani edge over Yankees’ AL ROY finalists?

The Rookie of the Yr winners can be introduced Monday, and the American League has a very distinctive race among the many three finalists. It options two gamers from the identical staff, Yankees Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andújar, and one participant who did two issues this 12 months, then received damage, after which excelled at only one — Shohei Ohtani.

The atypical candidate is the one who might, in some unspecified time in the future, change the sport. Ohtani’s rookie season started with promise of being the primary full-time two-way participant since Babe Ruth. The pitching aspect was shut down from early June by early September because of damage, then absolutely shut down after a Sept. 2 begin. However he nonetheless made an impression together with his bat.

This is a take a look at the Angels star’s profile:

  • Ohtani is making an attempt to affix Mike Trout (2012) and Tim Salmon (1993) as the one gamers in Angels historical past to win Rookie of the Yr.

  • He is searching for to develop into the fourth Japanese-born participant to win Rookie of the Yr honors, becoming a member of Hideo Nomo (1995), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

  • Ohtani bolstered his résumé in August and September, batting .318 (47-for-148) with 13 homers and 36 RBIs. His .649 slugging share from Aug. 1 was the second-highest within the majors (minimal 150 PA), trailing solely Christian Yelich (.728).

  • Ohtani turned simply the second participant in MLB historical past to throw 50 innings and hit at the very least 20 homers in a season, becoming a member of Ruth, who achieved that in his final season with the Pink Sox in 1919. Which means there has by no means even been an opportunity to present a Rookie of the Yr award to such a candidate, because the award did not start till 1947.

  • Ohtani had some of the unhittable pitches in baseball, too. He allowed an .036 opponents common in at-bats that ended on his splitter, the bottom opponents common for any pitcher on any single pitch sort this season (minimal 150 pitches thrown of that sort).

  • Ohtani hit 22 HRs this season in 367 plate appearances. His profession excessive in his 5 seasons in Nippon Skilled Baseball in Japan was 22 homers in 382 plate appearances in 2016. These 22 homers have been additionally probably the most by a Japanese-born rookie, besting the prior mark of 18 set by Kenji Johjima in 2006, in addition to Hideki Matsui’s 16 in 2003.

  • It is not simply rookie information. Ohtani had two video games this season with two HRs, 4 hits and a stolen base. In line with Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis: He is the fourth participant to try this a number of instances in a season in trendy MLB historical past (since 1900). The others have been Carlos Beltrán in 2004, Larry Walker in 1997, and Kirk Gibson in 1986.

Maybe it ought to come as no shock that the Yankees managed two finalists for the award. Yankees gamers have received 9 Rookie of the Yr awards, the second-most of any franchise behind the Dodgers (18).

  • If both Torres or Andújar wins it, it might be the second straight 12 months {that a} Yankees participant would have taken house the award after Aaron Judge received final 12 months. The Yankees have by no means had back-to-back Rookie of the Yr winners. The newest American League staff with back-to-back Rookie of the Yr winners was the A’s in 2004-05, with Bobby Crosby and Huston Street. Within the Nationwide League, the Dodgers had two straight winners getting into 2018: Corey Seager in 2016 and Cody Bellinger in 2017.

Every of the 2 Yankees finalists had their share of “youngest Yankees participant” or “youngest since” notes to go round this season:

  • 76 of Andújar’s 170 hits this season went for further bases. Previous to this season, solely 4 Yankees had ever had 40 % of their hits go for further bases of their rookie season, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis: Aaron Decide (2017), Joe Gordon (1938), Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Lou Gehrig (1925).

  • Torres is the youngest participant in Yankees historical past with a number of walk-off RBIs in a season.


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