Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners was named AL Rookie of the Year

Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners was named AL Rookie of the Year

Julio RodriguezThe Seattle Mariners‘ The dynamic young center fielder, named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday, is on top Baltimore Orioles caught Adele Ratsman And Cleveland Guardian Left fielder Steven Kwan.

Rodriguez received 29 of 30 first-place votes and one second for 148 points from the Baseball Writers Association of America panel. Rutsman finished second with one first-place vote, 18 second-place votes and nine third-place votes. Kwan came in third with the Royals infielder Bobby Witt Jr., Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena and the Mariners pitcher George Kirby Also accepting votes.

Rodriguez electrified the city of Seattle and captivated an entire nation of baseball fans with his youthful exuberance, pronounced flamboyance and expansive talent. At 21, he slashed .284/.345/.509 with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and 25 doubles and led the Mariners to their first postseason berth since 2001, snapping the longest active hitting drought among the four major North American professional sports.

Along the way, Rodriguez has consistently come up big, dazzling with his defense and power and speed. His 5.3 Fan Graphs wins above replacement tied Rootsman for the rookie lead and were topped by only 21 position players in the entire game.

Alvin Davis (1984), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Rodriguez are the fifth Mariners players to win Rookie of the Year. Kyle Lewis (2020).

Only two other players since 1900 have collected at least 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and 25 doubles in their age-21-or-younger seasons — Mike Trout and Andrew Jones. According to ESPN Stats & Data Research, Rodriguez is the first player to combine 25 home runs with 25 stolen bases in his first season in the big leagues and the third player while still rookie eligible, along with Trout and Chris Young.

Ruchman finished with a .254/.362/.445 slash line to go along with 13 homers and 35 doubles while managing toughness from behind home plate. The Orioles, expected to finish last in the hyper-competitive AL East, started the 2022 season 16-24 but went 67-55 after Ratsman’s debut on May 21, nearly making the playoffs.

Cowan, already one of the sport’s most efficient hitters, batted .298/.373/.400 with 168 hits, the most by a Cleveland rookie in the expansion era (since 1961). Was the only player in the majors with a higher contact rate last season Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arezwho won the AL batting title.

The Mariners envisioned Rodriguez as a potential star when he signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.75 million in the summer of 2017, but he profiled more as a power-hitting corner outfielder. Despite losing an entire season in 2020 to the Covid-19 pandemic — and cracking the team’s Opening Day roster this spring — Rodriguez has worked to turn himself into a five-tool center fielder, zooming through the Mariners’ minor league system.

Rodriguez struggled mightily in his first month, posting a .544 OPS during that stretch, but he recovered enough to make the All-Star team and eventually put on a show during the Home Run Derby from Dodger Stadium.

Less than two months later, the Mariners rewarded him with a long-term extension that will pay him anywhere between $210 million and $470 million over his career, an unprecedented — and highly incentivized — contract with a full year of major league service.

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