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MLB Awards Preview: NL Rookie of the Year


27 comments for “MLB Awards Preview: NL Rookie of the Year”

  1. Richard NiehAugust 31, 2010, 12:21 am

    Well, I think Heyward’s stats would have been even more impressive if he can hit third or down in the order rather than second. People may argue that McCann and Chipper provided him protection but the truth is that the Braves line-up is just simply average at best and hitting in it any where would not have much of protection.

    I think Heyward will post even crazier number in September because of the way he has been swinging lately. Young players deal with injury a bit slower than older players. It took him one full month to get his power stroke back. I am expecting a 300/420/1000 line by the year end.

  2. BillSeptember 1, 2010, 2:16 pm

    I don’t think anyone can concieve how hord it is to play catcher as a rookie and bat .330

    To me Buster is an obvious choice…no brainer.

  3. MikeSeptember 7, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Jaime Garcia is hands down the best rookie in baseball. The season he’s put together as a pitcher THE ENTIRE YEAR hasn’t been matched by a rookie in the last 25 years. 80% of his starts he’s surrendered 2 earned runs or less. The only pitcher better in that category in all of major league baseball is Matt Latos. His 2.35 ERA is the lowest of any rookie who qualified for the league ERA title since John Matlack in 1972. You don’t have to subtract a month of his season to justify his stats like you have with Posey and Heyward, but if you did take away his June stats, Garcia would have a 1.91 ERA!!! Posey and Heyward have had great seasons FOR A ROOKIE. Garcia has just had a great season, period. Hands down the best rookie season of 2010.

    • ArtSeptember 21, 2010, 11:45 pm

      Orme’s article does not “subract a month to justify” Posey’s stats, he does just the opposite, he subtracts a month to make them worse. And to review what is pointed out by others, he’s a catcher…. Now let’s look at September and how he and Heyward have faired in the middle of a great pennant race!

    • WillOctober 1, 2010, 12:46 am

      not much an impact…granted Garcia will be a consistently great pitcher. I think his stuff is dominant. His impact on the team however was less significant. ROY is hard to give to pitchers because they play every 5 days. Buster Posey is the clear favorite and deserves to win this. He puts up the numbers every day, was an IMMEDIATE impact player on the Giants, and has a cannon of a throwing arm on defense. Heyward strike out rate is a disgrace compared to Posey. Posey has a higher ab/hr rate and higher OPS and significantly higher batting average. If you want to compare pitcher to hitter go ahead but overall (every day considered) Buster has the biggest positive impact. He completely changed the offensive dynamic of that team. Now they’re practically in the playoffs

  4. NylundSeptember 17, 2010, 1:55 am

    With August done and September half-way though, Buster Posey is batting .325 and has 14 HRs. Despite having over 100 AB’s less than Heyward, I would not be surprised if he ends up with more HR’s.

    On top of that he’s playing catcher. The Giants have the best ERA in all of baseball for September. Something like 1.58. He’s calling great games and throwing out baserunners.

    Hand down, Posey is ROY.

    But, to be fair, I think Gaby Sanchez of FLA deserved to be on this list as well.

    • Sam OrmeSeptember 17, 2010, 8:25 am

      Nylund, it’s hard to argue with the clinic Posey’s put on lately. I’m not sure I believe that he’s calling every pitch of every game he catches, but for someone to be batting .325 as a rookie catcher (and batting cleanup!), he’s definitely special. I still like Garcia, personally, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Posey won it.

      • DougSeptember 22, 2010, 2:33 pm

        He is definitely calling every pitch of every game. That is the reason he didn’t get called up to the majors earlier, to get acclimated to the speed of a major league game. He’s only been playing catcher since his SOPHOMORE YEAR IN COLLEGE! ..and he throws out almost every would-be base stealer. Plus! he plays first…well. And he had the game winning home run last night for his now 15 HRs, .324 avg.

        ROY no doubt! next Joe Mauer

  5. JimSeptember 29, 2010, 9:17 am

    thats terrible, for heyward your removing his worst month, for posey your removing his best month? great reasoning! just admit who you like and why, and stop trying to tilt stats.

  6. jacobSeptember 30, 2010, 10:07 pm

    You guys obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Jason Heyward is by far the best choice. Who hit a homer in there first mlb at bat in a fairly good sized park? Who has come up with clutch hits? Who has over 85 walks as a rookie? Let me guess, none of the other candidates. Jaime Garcia isn’t as valuable playing only 1 in 5 games. Buster Posey is just overrated in a terrible division. Heyward was even out for a month with a thumb injury and he is still close to the top or at the top in every catagory for rookies. So when it all comes down to it, you know who deserves it the most.

    • DrewOctober 20, 2010, 6:10 pm

      If you want to go by who hit a homerun in his first carrer at bat then I think Daniel Nava should be at the top of the podium. He hit a grand slam in his first carrer at bat. Plus he went to my high school. 85 walks are nice if you don’t also have 100+ strikeouts. play good and bad stats buddy. Posey takes the cake easy between him and Heyward.

    • goodieOctober 28, 2010, 12:37 am

      heyward isnt even in the top three stop kidding yourself

    • BusterPoseysMittNovember 13, 2010, 7:20 pm

      Ouch, Buster, less good division etc, etc, ROY, Catcher of the year, World series champion, Kiss my ring.

  7. jacobSeptember 30, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Heyward was under all this pressure coming into this season and he performed great this year. Just wait till he’s in the playoffs baby.

    • DrewOctober 20, 2010, 6:11 pm

      He played really great under pressure in the playoffs. Well at least as good as someone who has two hands around their neck can play. 2 for 16 no runs no RBI and no extra base hit. You can go find Posey’s stats for yourself. They were a lot better.

  8. DavidOctober 4, 2010, 11:02 am

    What kind of Stat Bias is this? “You toss out Posey’s Hot July month stats and say he’s ho hum, and then you toss out Heyward’s bad month and say he’s great? Either you toss out both a bad month or toss out their best month. You can’t skew the stats the way your article reads. You said it all, you’re a Rockies fan. Enough said.

    • Sam OrmeOctober 4, 2010, 12:43 pm

      I’ve seen a lot of comments on this issue, so I’ll go ahead and address it. The reason I tossed out Posey’s hot month and Heyward’s cold month (which I admit can look like I’m biased against Posey) was because I think the best way to get a representative look at a player is to see how they play most often. Aside from his red-hot July, Posey had a pretty average year (of course, this article was written in August, so it doesn’t reflect his impressive September numbers). Same goes for Heyward, but in reverse (great season outside of a terrible June).

      Since Posey turned in an impressive September and was the driving force behind the Giants making the playoffs, I’d definitely write this differently were I to write it today. I still like Garcia a lot, but I think Posey’s probably done enough to earn the Rookie of the Year award this year. (Of course, Heyward will probably still win it, but that’s the east coast bias for you.)

  9. erngoOctober 12, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Under Pressure…
    Posey: 6 for 16, 2 runs, OPB .444, SLG .438, BA .375
    Heywood: 2 for 16, 0 runs, OPB .176, SLG .125, BA .125

    Advantage Posey. Especially considering the high quality pitching that characterized this series.

  10. DreOctober 14, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Sam since when is batting .240 .360 .520 .880 6 19 13 26 a great month? Oh wait you are a rocks fan where you like your hitters to have a terrible average but mash away at balls for dingers. So to say that Heyward has a great year outside of one month is misleading. Another thing you are not taking into consideration is Buster came up hot starting in late may and going into early June, but then took a serious nose dive as June went on. This is what contributed to his .259 Avg in June and not included those ABs in May are also misleading.

    Posey should win the NL ROY because he is doing all that his done while playing the most important position. Nough Said!!!!

  11. DrewOctober 20, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Posey was far better in the playoffs than Heyward… Heyward went an awful 2 for 16 (.125 AVG) with 8 stikeouts and 1 walk. Posey on the other hand was 6 for 16 (.375 AVG) 5 strikeouts, 2 walks, a double, 3 runs scored and a stolen base.

    If you want to discuss who the better player was under pressure thats what you should be looking at. Both had the same number of at bats and one produced far better than the other did. Heyward choked in the playoffs. Personally, I would want a rookie to win the ROY award who actually won the big games. Heyward simply didn’t.

    And just some more food for thought. Heyward had 520 at bats this year to Posey’s 406. Heyward hit 18 HR and had 72 RBI. Posey hit 18 HR and 67 RBI. Heyward did have an impressive 91 walks while Posey only had 30 but Heyward also struck out 128 times while Posey struck out only 55 times.

    How about you do your research first and then say Heyward beats Posey. Even if I didn’t have a bias towards Posey I could still see he was a very better player this year.

    As for Garcia I think he has done a great job but 8 losses and no postseason wreck any chance he has of winning ROY even though his stats as a rookie pitcher are very impressive.

    However, the person I see having the best chance of beating Posey is definetly Gaby Sanchez. In 572 AB he hit 19 HR and had 85 RBI along with along with 57 walks and 101 strikeouts. Unfotunatly, much like Garcia I think he will be hurt by Florida’s abscense in the playoffs.

    Posey has made the biggest impact this year for his team and his stats are just as good as both Sanchez and Heyward even though he has 100+ less AB then both of them. Garcia was impressive but its hard for a pitcher to win ROY because of so few games played.

    My bet is Posey takes ROY.
    O by the way. He is still performing well in the playoffs. 1 for 11 in the first 3 games of the NLCS but is 2 for 2 right now with 2 RBI.

  12. Mike DiazNovember 13, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Ok first of all what position does that Retawd i mean heyward play? oh yeah out field?! and what position does Posey play oh yeah catcher…some may say the most important one on the field. Also he caught one of the most feard pitching staffs of the last ten years and helped lead them to a NL west championship…a NLCS championship and oh yeah a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! what did Heyward help led his team too… yeah thats what i thought. And all this talk about taking his great month out and taking Heywards shitty month out is rediculous! you cant do that cuz they happened and thats why we play the game. Cuz Posey had a great month cuz he is a beast and heyward is weak cuz he had a horrible month. thats that.

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