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AL Rookie of the Year: Finalists and Prediction

Wil Myers

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The Tampa Bay Rays have two out of the three finalists for the AL Rookie of the Year. Outfielder Wil Myers and starting pitcher Chris Archer both had solid rookie campaigns for Tampa. Jose Iglesias, who was formerly a member of the Boston Red Sox before the suspension of Johnny Peralta led to the Detroit Tigers acquiring the young shortstop, is the third finalist.

Iglesias wasn’t nearly as good in Detroit as he was in Boston, but as a whole he ended up with a solid year. After the trade just about every stat across the board went down for Jose. He finished the season with a combined .303 batting average, 106 hits, 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 29 RBI and managed to score 39 runs. I don’t think he should win this award, but the voters may think differently.

Archer was a pleasant surprise for the Rays and their rotation. Just about half of Chris’ starts were quality ones and he finished with a 9-7 record. Archer manged to strikeout 101 batters and posted a 3.22 ERA. Although those are decent stats I just don’t think it’s enough for him to win this award either.

When anyone talked about the Rays’ top prospects Myers was the first name coming out of their mouth. When Wil finally got called up he made everyone understand exactly why that was the case. Myers only played in 88 games, but he was a force in just about all of them. When the season was over Wil managed a .293 batting average, 98 hits and 13 of them went out of the ballpark. 53 runners were hit in by Myers, and he even managed to score 50 runs himself.

The AL Rookie of the Year candidates are far weaker than what the National League has to offer. When the voting is complete the final results will look like this. Archer in third, Iglesias second, and in a landslide Myers will win rookie of the year.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at black24mamba@aol.com