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MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:56 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 5:22 pm
 
Feliz With the major baseball awards being announced next week, MLB Facts and Rumors will reveal their choices this week for the awards. Today, Evan, David and Trent name their Rookie of the Year selections. At the end of the article, the overall MLB Facts and Rumors winner will be announced using a points system, with the No. 1 selection receiving three points, down to No. 3 receiving 1.

Both the AL and NL rookie of the year race is generally down to two favorites. The AL has Neftali Feliz, the Rangers' closer doing battle against center fielder Austin Jackson of the Tigers. In the National League, it was a banner year for rookies but the two top candidates are catcher Buster Posey of the World Champion Giants and right fielder Jason Heyward of the Braves.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen

1. CL Neftali Feliz, TEX
2. CF Austin Jackson, DET
3. SP Brian Matusz, BAL

Feliz saved 40 games, more than any rookie in history. Of course, rookie closers aren’t exactly commonplace, but that’s impressive. Jackson tailed off a bit late in the season but definitely stands above the other position players.

Evan Brunell
1. CF Austin Jackson, DET
2. CL Neftali Feliz, TEX
3. SP Brian Matusz, BAL

A 22-year-old saving 40 games for a division winner is no small feat. However, as impressive as his season was, I can't give his 269 total batters faced the nod over Jackson's 675 plate appearances of a .745 OPS and top-notch defense.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. RP Neftali Feliz, TEX
2. SP Brian Matusz, BAL
3. OF Austin Jackson, DET

I wouldn't go far to say "obvious." I think Feliz has the most "obvious" talent, but the save stat -- especially in today's game -- is so overrated I hate for it to be a deciding factor. In fact, I think it's not so much "obviously" Feliz, as Feliz by default. Listen, I'll take Feliz long-term over any of the other AL rookies, but I'm not sure he was as dominant all season as we remember throughout the postseason. That said, I'm still going for Feliz, but by a nose over Matusz, who made 32 starts for the Orioles.

Heyward NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen
1. C Buster Posey, SFG
2. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
3. SP Jaime Garcia, STL

What an amazing field of candidates here – half a dozen guys have ROY numbers in a normal year. Posey and Heyward are 1 and 1A for me; I
know I’m not supposed to count postseason, but maybe it tainted my choice. Apologies to Gaby Sanchez, Tyler Colvin and Jonny Venters.

Evan Brunell
1. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
2. C Buster Posey, SF
3. SP Jamie Garcia, STL

If award voting didn't occur until after the postseason, Josh Beckett would have won the 2007 Cy Young Award over CC Sabathia. A similar situation arises today as Buster Posey is certainly the best rookie, postseason included. But the voting is for regular season only, so Jason Heyward rightfully takes the title. To me, the additional time played at a high level is too hard to ignore. Trent nails the Heyward-Posey debate below.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
2. C Buster Posey, SF
3. SP Jaime Garcia, STL

As difficult as it was picking an AL Rookie of the Year, it's even more difficult to pick the National League's winner -- but for the complete opposite reason. This may be remembered as one of the greatest years for rookies in one league in a long, long time. I can't even imagine making the case for which player I would take long-term, Posey or Heyward. Hell, I'll take the second pick and be happy. But the deciding factor for me is something that was out of Posey's hands -- Heyward played 142 games as a rookie and went through the ups and downs. The book was out on him early, and he still played well. Posey finished with as many homers, but Heyward still had a better OPS+, which is impressive considering the number of at-bats. Now, if postseason stats were included, I may change my story, but they're not. Crazy that in the AL, or most other years, Garcia could be considered a shoo-in, but now he's an also-ran.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Rookie of the Year
Neftali Feliz gets the nod with 8 points to Jackson's 5. Matusz finishes with 4.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Rookie of the Year
Jason Heyward fends off Posey with 8 points to Posey's seven. Garcia finishes way behind with three.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:34 am
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

@premium, he said Heyward had a higher OPS+ than Posey, not OPS.  And he does: 131-129.
So that argument is still valid.
Read carefully before you comment so negatively.



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:39 am
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

This was one of the more talented NL rookie classes in recent years.  Many years Jaime Garcia would easily win, but he is barely in the conversation this season.  You can't go wrong with either Posey or Heyward though.



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2010 1:54 am
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

How is playing in less games an argument against the NLROY? Posey's numbers this season are comparable to Heywards and he played fewer games. For me that equals a better season and ROY.



Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:19 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

so you are telling me a PART TIME player in Feliz is better than a center fielder who had 650 plus plate appearances? He was in the discussion for a Gold Glove too. Austin Jackson is obvious choice. Feliz did well because his team gave him oppertunities. Jackson did well because HE did well. 150 plus games played in a huge ball park. A closer wasnt even a position 25 plus years ago.  So Jackson's value is worth much more.



Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:46 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Does anyone do their own math anymore?  Just because a crappy analyst says that Heyward has a higher OPS doesn't mean he actually does.

Posey's OPS is 0.862 and Heyward's OPS is 0.849

Last I checked 0.862 was greater than 0.849

There goes that argument





Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:43 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

In that case i can make an argument the NL West is weak compared the the NL east and thats a fact. Nonetheless after 2011 is over we'll see.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 8:30 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Posey 18 HRs in 108 games vs. Heyward 18 HRs in 142 games = POSEY more power.

You can't have it both ways and use the "he played more games" card only when it supports your argument.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:04 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Slade: I'm not denying Posey is good, but Heyward is just better. You'll see when both have full seasons under their belt. Heyward's already predicted to have monster power from the range of 35-40 home runs in a few years. Posey will never have that power. Both hit 18 home runs btw so i dont see how Posey hit "for more power". Jason has the higher OPS, More runs scored and RBIS. He's my ROY and better career player IMO.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:40 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Interesting to note that at least one writer here likes Hamilton for AL MVP while noting the games he missed didn't matter much, while for NL RoY it does matter that one player played more games than the other leading candidate. Why not just say you like one player's team more than the other player's team?




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:31 am
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

AL Rookie of the Year- Neftali Feliz: He set a rookie record in saves, no rookie in the league can beat that (Austin Jackson finishes 2nd)  
NL Rookie of the Year- Buster Posey: We all know it comes down to Jason Heyward and Posey.  They had similar hitting stats, but Posey is a catcher, so he gets the edge (Heyward gets second)


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