AL, NL 2016 Rookie of the Year Candidates

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The 2016 MLB regular season continues to deliver some exciting baseball as it enters its final weekend. As we look around the game we have six teams fighting for wild card spots while individuals in both the American and National League look to continue to pad their stats to take home some hardware.

 

One of those pieces of hardware is the American and National League Rookie of the Year awards. The groups of names fighting for these awards are filled with some of the games brightest stars including Gary Sanchez of the New York Mets, Michael Fulmer of the Detroit Tigers, Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies and Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

In the end only one player from both the American and National League will take home the award. Here is our top 5 Rookie of the Year Candidates for the 2016 MLB Season.

 

American League Rookie Of The Year Candidates

 

  1. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees: 20 home runs, 42 runs batted in while only appearing in 52 games this season. How can you not have him high on the list for the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
  2. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers: 11-7 on the season with a 3.07 earned run average while leading the American League in earned run average. If it wasn’t for Sanchez, Fulmer would walk away with the AL ROY award.
  3. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers: In most seasons Mazara would be the strong lock for the award after hitting 20 home runs and driving in 64 runs. This season though it will be in the hands of the baseball writers.
  4. Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins: Kepler has impressed many this season hitting 17 home runs while driving in 63 runs. Unfortunately a few of the names above him have put together bigger seasons.
  5. Hyun Soo Kim, Baltimore Orioles: Many have forgotten about the Orioles outfielder in this race. In the end Kim has provided the club with some big hits while hitting .308 with six home runs in 93 games.

 

National League Rookie Of The Year Candidates

 

  1. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers start infielder has nearly locked up the award over the season half. Seager enters the final weekend of the year hitting .311 with 26 home runs and 72 runs batted in.
  2. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers: If it wasn’t for his teammate, Maeda could be taking home the NL ROY Award this season. Maeda has pitched to 3.28 earned run average to go with a 16-10 record this season.
  3. Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals: Diaz is another strong candidate for the award but may come up just short. The Cardinals infielder is hitting .301 on the year to go with 17 home runs and 65 runs batted in.
  4. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies: If it wasn’t for a season ending injury, Story may have hit 40 plus home runs. In the end Story finished the season with a .272 batting average, 27 home runs and 72 runs batted in while missing all of August and September.
  5. Steven Matz, New York Mets: The Mets starter has been really good at times for the club this season. Overall Matz finished the season with a 9-8 record to go with a 3.40 earned run average.





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