With nearly three weeks remaining in the regular season, MLB Pipeline managers believe the Rookie of the Year matches will be between two players on both circuits.
In the National League, Reds second baseman Jonathan India and Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers claimed the top two spots in the Rookie Power Rankings, reflecting what could happen when the award is handed out afterward. of the season, bringing together performance so far and projected production down the stretch.
The next six names in the Rookie Power Rankings are in the American League, with Venezuelan Astros right-hander Luis Garcia and Rays Cuban outfielder Randy Arozarena setting themselves apart.
1. Jonathan India, 2B, Reds
India has been the leadoff hitter Cincinnati needed as it struggled for a postseason berth, hitting .271 / .379 / .463 and has been among the Old Circuit leaders in on-base percentage (eight), scored (84, eighth), traded tickets (62, seventh) and balls (19, first). He leads all rookies in on-base percentage, OPS (.843) and traded passports. He also shares first place with Arozarena in doubles (26).
2. Trevor Rogers, LZ, Marlins
Rogers was No. 1 in six consecutive editions of this Power Rankings before falling to No. 3 two weeks ago, largely because he has pitched just once in six weeks while dealing with back spasms and a family affair. He now leads all rookies who have worked at least 100 innings in ERA (2.52) and opponent’s average (.212) and has not conceded more than three runs in any of his 21 starts.
3. Luis Garcia, RHP, Astros
The right-hander has taken over the role of the No. 1 starter in Houston’s rotation since April and has been relentless, rebounding from disappointing back-to-back appearances to post a 2.70 ERA in his last six starts. He shares the top spot among rookies in wins (10) and is the leader in strikeouts (155 in 134 innings), strikeout / walk rate (3.9) and WHIP (1.11).
4. Randy Arozarena, OF, Rays
After an acceptable first half, Arozarena has looked like the powerhouse he was last October, hitting a .329 / .405 / .611 offensive line since the All-Star break to improve his season numbers to .276 /.356/.468 with 19 home runs and 13 scams. He leads the rookies in average, scored (86) and hits (128) and shares the top spot with India in doubles (26).
5. Wander Franco, SS, Rays
Previous ranking: Was not
The Dominican debuted with the Rays on June 22, so he won’t put together any of the numbers needed to win any prize, but he has made an impressive transition from the best prospect in all of baseball to a major league player. He just broke Mickey Mantle’s American League record for the longest hitting streak of games (he’s been 38) for a player 20 years or younger. In addition, he has an offensive line of .331 / .393 / .551 during that stretch and in 61 games he is hitting .282 / .344 / .806 with seven homers. Tampa Bay is 41-20 in his 61 starts.
6. Emmanuel Class, RHP, Indians
Previous rank: 7 (tied)
The Dominican has allowed just one run in his last 22 appearances and 22.2 innings, getting 10 consecutive saves and limiting his opponents to a .319 OPS. He has a 1.51 ERA, a 63/15 strikeout / walk ratio and his opponents are hitting .204 in 59.2 innings this year. Plus, he leads all rookies with 21 saves.
7. José Adolis García, OF, Rangers
The Cuban, who was the top player on the Young Circuit in this Power Ranking for much of June and July, has gone through a bump since participating in the All-Star Game. However, he leads all rookies with 29 homers and 78 RBIs, while still demonstrating quality defense. He has an offensive line of .246 / .294 / .477.
8. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B / OF, Orioles
Previous rank: 7 (tied)
After hitting .255 / .305 / .447 with 14 homers in 83 games before the All-Star break, Mountcastle has fired up and hit .289 / .344 / .942 with 12 homers in 38 games in the league. second half. Now he’s hitting .264 / .317 / .490, leads all rookies in slugging and is second behind Garcia in home runs (25) and RBIs (75).
9. Patrick Wisdom, 3B, Cubs
Now with the opportunity to see frequent action in the majors at age 29, Wisdom has taken advantage of it, hitting .240 / .307 / .842 with 25 homers in 92 games and has provided solid third base defense. He blew the fence nine times in August, though his 40% strikeout rate for the season is eye-catching.
10. Tyler Stephenson, C / 1B, Reds
After a difficult May, Stephenson has hit .306 / .395 / .472 with seven home runs in 74 games (45 as a starter). He has a .287 / .374 / .433 offensive line with nine homers in 113 games and could take the starting role from Tucker Barnhart.