Odds to Win 2019 MLB Rookie of the Year Awards
The 2018 season’s top rookies from the pair of Major League Baseball league’s offered opposing styles of excellence. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. received 27 of 30 first-place votes to win the National League ROY award. Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto finished second and Dodgers righty Walker Buehler closed the voting in third. The Los Angeles Angels two-way Japanese import Shohei Ohtani won the American League trophy.
Acuna performed more in the mold of a five tool player. Ohtani also won handily, receiving 25 of 30 first-place votes, with a pair of Yankees, Miguel Andújar and second baseman Gleyber Torres, finishing second and third, respectively. The pitcher and position player, Ohtani, took the mound for only 10 starts a year ago due to injury. But his power and talents, both on and off the mound, made him a slam dunk selection.
Nick Senzel CF Cincinnati Reds (15-1)
Senzel suffered a hamstring injury this past week during the team’s spring session. Regardless of how he performs the rest of the March he is the Reds starting center-fielder when camp breaks. His skill set, like Acuña Jr., offers five category appeal. Senzel was big league ready and capable a season ago and was expected to be a post-All-Star break call-up last summer. A number of injuries derailed his big league roster spot.
If the hamstring injury his suffered keeps him out for any extended period of time it is possible that the Reds’ future center fielder could begin the season with the Double-A club and receive his call-up upon completion of his rehab.
The Reds top positional prospect hit .310 that included 6 home runs, 25 RBI, 23 runs scored with eight stolen bases across 44 games at Triple-A last summer. Senzel isn’t going to wow MLB pundits in any one offensive category. He will, however, be proficient with the bat and as a defensive outfielder.
In addition, receiving half of his season at-bats in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park make him a value-packed investment in this summer’s MLB Rookie of the Year futures.
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