By Arthur Dowell @a24dowell on August 14, 2014
With six weeks remaining in the 2014 MLB season, here is an updated look at what the top five American League Rookie of the Year finalists should look like. Number one should come as no surprise to anybody.
Before his elbow injury to his throwing arm, Masahiro Tanaka was a favorite for both AL Rookie of the Year and CY Young. Now, the New York Yankees are taking it easy and many are wondering if they will see him pitch again in 2014. He will still get some votes, as his 12-4 record to go along with 2.51 ERA and 135 strikeouts is still really impressive for only pitching half a season.
The Houston Astros outfielder is all smiles, as he should be. His 20 home runs and 51 RBIs are second best among all AL rookies. The biggest flaw offensively for George Springer is his .231 batting average to go along with an AL rookie worst 114 strikeouts. However, Springer will be in the Rookie of the Year talks at the end of the season, as the young man should be.
The Boston Red Sox have an impressive list of rookies, but none should be recognized more for ROY honors than third baseman Brock Holt. Holt has the second most hits among AL rookies with 105 and is in the top five for doubles (21), triples (five) and stolen bases (six). He has been able to put much of it together offensively and will be a centerpiece for the team's success moving forward.
With the Yankees' pitching being hit with injuries all season long, Dellin Betances has been an anchor for them late in games. Betances is 4-0 with 71.0 IP in just 52 appearances to go along with an incredible 106 strikeouts. If the Yankees were to make a late playoff push, much thanks would have to be given to Betances, and the votes would show that after the season.
The award is Jose Abreu's to lose. The stats speak for themselves. He leads all rookies in hits (124), doubles (29), home runs (31), runs batted in (86), slugging percentage (.600) and OBP (.959). He is doing all this with a .300 batting average to go with it. He has been hitting well all season, and there is no speculation that he should not continue doing so with six weeks remaining in the season. He should be fun to watch for years to come.
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