It is guaranteed to go to someone in the AL East, as the other two finalists are Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi and New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge.
HERE’S WHAT MANCINI HAS GOING FOR HIM
- Trey led all rookies in batting average (.293), hits (159), triples (4) and fielding percentage (.987 only committing six errors for the entire season).
- He’s an underdog. Of the three finalists, he is the only one from a team that didn’t make the playoffs and writers do sometime like to vote for those guys who have excelled on a team that didn’t.
HERE’S WHAT MANCINI HAS GOING AGAINST HIM
- Judge’s major-league leading 52 home runs combined with the fact that the Yankees were one game away from advancing to the World Series will definitely guarantee him a lot of first-place votes. Also, they will more than likely overlook the mind-numbing 208 strikeouts he had in the season.
- The Orioles have not had a rookie of the year winner since RP Gregg Olson won the award back in 1989.
HERE’S WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY ABOUT THE THEE FINALISTS
For Andrew Benintendi – At bats (573), Runs (84), Hits (155), Doubles (26), Triples (1), Home Runs (20), RBIs (90), Strikeouts (112), Batting Average (.271), OPS (.776), Errors (5), Fielding Percentage (.982)
For Aaron Judge – At Bats (542), Rune (128), Hits (154), Doubles (24), Triples (3), Home Runs (52), RBIs (114), Strikeouts (208), Batting Average (.284), OPS (1.048), Errors (5), Fielding Percentage (.982)
For Trey Mancini – At Bats (543), Runs (63), Hits (159), Doubles (24), Triples (4), Home Runs (24), RBIs (78), Strikeouts (139), Batting Average (.293), OPS (.826), Errors (6), Fielding Percentage (.987)
HOW THE EXPERTS ARE PREDICTING THE OUTCOME
Almost all baseball analysts are saying Judge will win the award with more than likely all first place votes and Mancini beating Benintendi for second place.
I’m definitely rooting for the underdog this year!