The MLB Rookie of the Year award is given out to the best performing first year player from each league at the end of every regular season. There are a ton of exciting names at the top of the National League Rookie of the Year ladder. Here are the NL Rookie of the Year rankings for the month of August.
Michael Harris, OF, Atlanta Braves
Michael Harris II adds another home run to his ROY case! pic.twitter.com/8eCPi2THVd
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 26, 2022
Michael Harris has shown a tremendously advanced approach and maturity at the plate during his rookie year. He shows the ability to hit for power and contact to all 3 parts of the field, with 45% of his batted balls being up the middle. Harris has also shown to be a tremendous outfielder for the Braves. He ranks in the 92nd percentile in sprint speed, the 95th percentile in outs above average, and the 93rd percentile in outfielder jump. The ability to have him, at 21 years old, with his maturity at the plate and in the field is a tremendous boost for an already loaded Atlanta Braves team.
Seiya Suzuki, OF, Chicago Cubs
SEE YAH BASEBALL SEIYA SUZUKI IS HERE TO SEND HOMERS TO LAKE FOREST pic.twitter.com/68vjCAMw5R
— DOM (@DOM_Frederic) July 26, 2022
Seiya Suzuki is a new name to this list, but he isn’t a new name to some of the more avid baseball fans. Suzuki is one of the older rookies in recent memory, making his rookie season at the age of 27. But, this has given him the edge of maturity and adaptability that many rookies don’t have. He is in the top 50% of the league in BB%, showing good patience at the plate. He has also reached an exit velocity above 110 MPH, showing that he does have some pop in his bat as well. Suzuki doesn’t bring the flash that is expected out of most rookies, but he is very developed and could be a staple in the Cubs outfield for the next few years.
Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta Braves
Spencer Strider, 100mph 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2U4jSaCiVN
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 26, 2022
W-L Record: 6-3
Innings Pitched: 87.0
Spencer Strider is far and away the best rookie pitcher on the planet. He has been absurdly dominant this season. As of now, his WHIP is below a 1.00 and his ERA is below a 3.00, both of which are elite numbers for any MLB pitcher, let alone a rookie. He has been the 1-2 punch at the top of the Braves rotation with Max Fried for a majority of the season. If the Braves intend on repeating as World Series champions, it’s going to be on the back, or should I say right arm, of rookie Spencer Strider.
Prediction: Spencer Strider, SP, Atlanta Braves
Spencer Strider remains as the favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year. The only potential roadblocks reside within his own clubhouse. These two roadblocks are fellow rookie Michael Harris and the possibility of an innings limit for him as the season winds down. Typically, rookie pitchers, especially ones that have a fastball as electric as Striders, will be placed on an innings limit. This is because of the stress of the length of a Major League baseball season. There are no reports indicating this, especially since the Braves are in the midst of a playoff push, but an innings cap would hinder his ability to win the award. As of now though, Strider in the NL Rookie of the Year, just barely edging out his competitors.
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