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2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

Posted on: February 9, 2009 1:45 am
 


1. David Price - SP - Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay traded away Edwin Jackson to the Tigers this offseason to make room for David Price as the 5th starter in the Rays rotation. Price is projected to be an ace by most scouts and has excellent stuff and features a very good fastball and slider. He was the number one pick by the Rays in 2007 and excelled through all three levels of the minors last season and into the pros late in the year. Price was one of the Rays postseason heroes last season as he pitched the final inning of game 7 against the Boston Red Sox to advance the Rays to their first ever World Series appearance. The kid seems poised and ready to take on major league hitters and it will be fun watching what he can do with his first full season in the majors.


2. Elvis Andrus - SS - Texas Rangers

One of the main reasons the Rangers wanted Michael Young to make the transition from shortstop to third base was because of the young Elvis Andrus sitting in the teams farm system. Andrus was first acquired by the Rangers as part of the package the Braves sent to Texas for first basemen Mark Teixeira . He has limited power, but shows excellent bat speed along with quickness along the basepaths. Andrus is a defensive minded shortstop that could give the Rangers a legitimate leadoff hitter at the top of their lineup. He reminds me a lot of a younger Jose Reyes. Andrus will be given every opportunity to win the Rangers starting shortstop job out of spring training, but in case he still needs time in the minors, the Rangers added Omar Vizquel as a stopgap. It should be noted that Andrus has never played at AAA.

3. Matt Wieters - C - Baltimore Orioles

Pure talent. There hasn't been a catcher I was this excited about since Joe Mauer came up for his rookie season with the Twins . Wieters was Baseball America's minor league player of the year last season and very well could be the best prospect in baseball. The 2007 first round pick of the Orioles, Wieters dominated single-A ball hitting .345/.448/.576 with 15 homers and 40 in just 230 at bats. He then was called up to double-A where he hit .365/.460/.625. That's crazy. Wieters is expected to be the Orioles starter at some point this season. The question is....when? The team brought in Greg Zaun to be the veteran catcher to help ease Wieters into the big leagues, but it remains to be seen whether or not Wieters will break camp with the team.


4. Travis Snider - OF - Toronto Blue Jays

Snider advanced through all three levels of the minors last season and was the youngest player in the majors when he was called up in September of last season. He is only going to be 21 years of age to begin next season and is likely to be the Blue Jays everyday designated hitter as the teams outfield is already set with Adam Lind , Vernon Wells , and Alex Rios . Snider has a great bat and he figures to have 25 home run power in the big leagues. Snider is prone to strike out quite a bit and he doesn't have that great of plate discipline. If it can be developed, he can become a very good baseball player.

 

5. Matt LaPorta - OF - Cleveland Indians

LaPorta was the top prospect that the Indians acquired from the Brewers for CC Sabathia . While in Milwaukees discipline, LaPorta was known as an extremely patient hitter that would hit for high average and have decent pop. However, after he was traded to the Indians, LaPorta started to struggle. After hitting .288/.402/.576 with 20 homeruns in Milwaukee's farm system, LaPorta hit .233/.299/.350 with 2 homeruns in 17 games. LaPorta was so bad in the Venezuelan Winter League, he was sent home. However, LaPorta is a great talent and he should be able to turn it around. I doubtt LaPorta will start the year in the Indians outfield, but he could be be up within a couple months.

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Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2009 11:38 am
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

The guy that should win AL Rookie Of The Year is Nolan Reimold and he's not even listed here!  Check all stats and all categories (including defense) and I think you'll see Reimold has ALL five listed here beat.  If justice is served, the only two close to Reimold on this list would be his Baltimore team mate Matt Wieters and Texas' Elvis Andrus.



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 11:35 am
 

No Rick Porcello or Jeff Niemann?

No Rick Porcello or Jeff Niemann? I thought it would definitely be between these two. Wieters and LaPorta were all hype. And Pryce and Snyder just aren't that good overall. This ballot sucks! The only one of these guys I'd think about voting for is Andrus. The others I don't think should even be on the ballot.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2009 9:13 pm
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

If you are talking about offensive players I would say that the O's Nolan Reimold certainly has to be considered at this point. Check out his stats. However it will likely be a rookie pitcher selected this season because there are several having very good seasons.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 1:31 am
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

BP I left off the Rangers Taylor Teagarden off of my list because I was unsure if he had exceeded the ABs or not. IF he is eligible to win he should merit some discussion as well. He is eligible. The Rangers have to get rid of Saltalamachhia or have an injury take place to get Teagarden enough at bats to be effective. If he isn't playing regularily, then their is no way I think Teagarden can win this award. That is the reason I left him off.

Has the Angels Kendry Morales exhausted his eligibility? Yup....He's not considered a rookie.

Brandon Wood will also get a shot at winning a starting spot at SS or 3B for the Halos as well... a) He isn't eligible
b) He can't hit major league pitching (which is hilarious). That's what the Angels get for holding on to all their prospects.
c) I don't expect him to get a spot. I think Figgins plays third with Aybar and Izturis battling for the shortstop job.

The A's have pitchers Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson waiting for a starting slot, but I don't think either will be in a position to win it this year. Not a chance. I don't even know if either will be up. I've heard Mazzaro might be the first callup of the "big 4" in the minors.

Gio Gonzalez is still considered a rookie though and has an outside shot at the award.

The White Sox have rookie Chris Getz penciled in as the starter at 2B. I'm not sure if that will last too long. It really depends. Orlando Cabrera could always come back to their team and if not, then Orlando Hudson is still available.

Brett Gardner CF He is penciled in as the starter but I am betting Melky Cabrera or Nick Swisher gets the nod The reason I left Gardner off is because he blows and will never have a chance at this award. The only reason he "might" see playing time is because Swisher isn't fast enough to be a regular in centerfield and neither is Damon.

Red Sox might have OF Jonathan Van Every, SP Michael Bowden, or 1B/OF Chris Carter factor in but it will depend on injuries. These guys will never see the big leagues even if their is an injury. The Red Sox would probably turn to Rocco Baldelli, Mark Kotsay, or Brad Wilkerson before turning to Van Every if an outfielder went down. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have 7 starting pitchers on their 25 man roster so I doubt Bowden gets a callup (Beckett, Smoltz, Matsuzaka, Penny, Lester, Wakefield, Buchholtz). As for Chris Carter, both Kotsay and Wilkerson both play first, and the Sox might turn to them before him.

Redo this once we're a month or so into the season BP and I think we'll have a pretty lively discussion on it. Depends on if their are any surprises. Such as Anderson and Cahill with Oakland or Feliz and Holland with Texas. They aren't expected to be up with the team, but they could be.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:36 pm
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

AL West - BP I left off the Rangers Taylor Teagarden off of my list because I was unsure if he had exceeded the ABs or not. IF he is eligible to win he should merit some discussion as well. Has the Angels Kendry Morales exhausted his eligibility? He looks to be Anaheim's starting 1B. Brandon Wood will also get a shot at winning a starting spot at SS or 3B for the Halos as well... The A's have pitchers Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson waiting for a starting slot, but I don't think either will be in a position to win it this year. The M's Bryan LaHair and Jeff Clement used up their rookie eligibility so unless Wladimir Balantien learns how to hit offspeed pitches and wins a starting spot the Mariners won't have anyone in contention.

AL Central - The White Sox have rookie Chris Getz penciled in as the starter at 2B. The Royals have 1B Kila Ka'aihue listed on their depth chart but he is behind Billy Butler, Ross Gload, Ryan Shealy and Mike Jacobs, so I don't think he'll get his shot this year. The Twins, Indians, and Tigers don't look to have any openings or prospects but I remember when Magglio Ordonez came out of nowhere to win a starting spot in the Pale Hose starting OF in spring training and he really never looked back.

AL East - Yankees - Brett Gardner CF He is penciled in as the starter but I am betting Melky Cabrera or Nick Swisher gets the nod. Red Sox might have OF Jonathan Van Every, SP Michael Bowden, or 1B/OF Chris Carter factor in but it will depend on injuries. And the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays have already had their top guys mentioned.

Redo this once we're a month or so into the season BP and I think we'll have a pretty lively discussion on it.




Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:24 pm
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

Well I agree with the poster. Wieters and LaPorta can't be too high because, unlike Price and Andrus, they're likely to start the season in the minors. It's possible that one of them could pull a Ryan Braun, but I wouldn't go so far to call either of them a favorite. Wieters is going to be under enough pressure as it is, trying to handle the Orioles abysmal pitching staff, and LaPorta is going to be used just as much as a DH as he is in the field. It may be that no one puts in a claim for the title until June anyway.




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:44 am
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

i hvae heard great stuff about matt laPorta but after seeing d. price in the playoffs and the rays freeing up a spot in the rotation by dealing a hell of a pitcher in one edwin jacson d. price is as they would call it on that espn network..... NEXT.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 2:06 am
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

Should Price really be considered a rookie? C-mon.

Why wouldn't he be? He only has 14 major league innings logged in his career and they all came in a September callup.




Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2009 8:39 pm
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

Should Price really be considered a rookie? C-mon.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2009 7:44 pm
 

2009 AL Rookie of the Year Candidates

WHAT ABOUT CHRIS DAVIS THE 3RD BASEMAN FOR THE TEEXAS RANGERS A rookie is defined by MLB as any player that has fewer than 130 at bats and 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or
fewer than 45 days on the active rosters of Major League clubs (excluding DL time or any time after rosters are expanded on September 1st). Since Davis had almost 300 at bats last year, he doesn't qualify.

There are several other rookies that aren't named here, but most are left off because I don't think they have a legitimate chance at winning the award. I left off Taylor Teagarden as I didn't think he would get enough at bats having to split time with Jarrod Saltalamachhia at catcher. Meanwhile, Clayton Richard and Jeff Marquez of the White Sox (whoever wins the 5th starter spot out of spring) will also be rookies receiving quite a bit of playing time next year.

Then, there are rookies that I really don't know if they will be called up or if they are called up, I don't really think it will be that long of a time (such as Neftali Feliz and Derek Hollan of the Rangers and Brett Anderson of the Athletics). The winner really could be anyone, but these five I think have the best shot at the award.



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