Saturday, October 10, 2009

Award Races

AL Rookie of the Year

The Contenders (all stats are league-specific and only among qualified rookies):

Esteban Amezaga
San Francisco
Hammer'd Leprechauns
Age: 24B/T: L/L
Born: Albany, KY
Position(s): RF/1B/DH
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Why he should win:
HR - 23 (T-3)
RBI - 62 (3)
R - 75 (1)
H - 111 (T-4)
3B - 5 (1)
SB - 20 (T-5)
AVG - .279 (7)
OBP - .351 (4)
SLG - .520 (1)
OPS - .871 (1)

Daniel Russell
Boise
Bed Wetters
Age: 22B/T: L/L
Born: Smiths, AL
Position(s): RF
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Why he should win:
HR - 31 (1)
RBI - 89 (1)
R - 70 (2)
AVG - .244 (10)
OBP - .315 (10)
SLG - .484 (2)
OPS - .800 (2)

Hughie Hughes
Kansas City
Tweakers
Age: 25B/T: S/L
Born: Iola, KS
Position(s): CF/2B/LF
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Why he should win:
AVG - .327 (1)
OBP - .415 (1)
OPS - .799 (3)
SB - 44 (1)
R - 65 (4)
H - 111 (T-4)

Keith Hayes
Oakland
Bruisers
Age: 24B/T: L/R
Born: Rushford, MN
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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Why he should win:
HR - 24 (2)
RBI - 67 (2)
H - 120 (2)
AVG - .261 (7)
SLG - .461 (3)
OPS - .784 (4)

The lowdown: A very deep rookie class (also could have included Donaldo Flores, Tommy Jordan, and Torey Ontiveros) is highlighted by the above four. The choice appears to be Amezaga because of the massive SLG, but it's tough to overlook Russell's huge power numbers. In the end, Amezaga just has had too good of a power/speed year, and he is my choice.

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