The contrasts between the American League and National League in 2013 have been quite interesting to watch as the season has worn on. On one hand, you have the National League, who has virtually no excitement in their playoff races, as it’s primarily a matter of seeding, and not who will actually appear on the playoffs, at this point.
On the other hand, you have the American League. While their playoff races offer up much more excitement, the accolades coming out of the American League offer no such uncertainty. A prime example is the case of the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Unlike the NL, there are not as many first year players that have been able to make a monumental impact with their respective club. Even the front runner, Wil Myers, hasn’t had the type of year that a guy like Yasiel Puig has, especially in terms of the level of hype.
That doesn’t mean that the Tampa Bay Rays outfielder isn’t plenty deserving of taking home the AL ROY award. He’s the front runner, and should take it home quite easily. In fact, the only player that may be able to put up a reasonable fight against him is his own teammates, Chris Archer.
Myers won’t hit 100 games played before the regular season comes to an end. Even with the limited sample size, he’s still managed to make a big impact in his time with the Rays this year. He’s hit .295 on the year and getting on base at a mighty impressive .359 clip.
He’s provided offensive stability for the Rays in his time with the club. Along with having a steady bat, he’s flashed the power throughout the year, with 12 home runs in those 74 games, as well as an impressive 46 runs knocked in. As far as rookies in the American League go, that’s about as good as it gets.
Despite the limited sample size, there’s no doubt that Wil Myers should take home the Rookie of the Year award in the American League. He’s the first year player that has made the largest, and the most consistent impact. He’ll be taking home some hardware by the end of this season, there’s no question about it.