American League Rookie of the Year Breakdown


Unfortunately, baseball season has come and gone, as the Washington Nationals won their first-ever world series this past week. However, there is still plenty of baseball to discuss! From free agency to manager changes, and award winners, Overtime Heroics will continue to keep you in the loop for everything baseball throughout the offseason. It is time to take a look at the finalists for the Rookie of the Year in the American League!

Yordan Alvarez (OF/DH) Houston Astros

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Alvarez had an impressive season. The young outfielder developed into quite a hitter in the second half of the regular season and helped push the Houston Astros into the postseason and a World Series bid.

Alvarez only appeared in half the season for the Astros. In only 87 games, Alvarez managed to hit 27 home runs and 78 RBI’s during his rookie campaign. The rookie slugger also achieved an impressive .313 batting average. Alvarez also recorded a home run and 3 RBI’s during the Astros postseason run.

Yordan Alvarez had a remarkable season. Fans can only imagine how much more impressive it would have been played in the Majors the entire year. The case to give Alvarez the award for best rookie in the American League is strong and seems to be the clear favorite.

Brandon Lowe (2B) Tampa Bay Rays

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Lowe’s season was remarkable, although dealing with a few injuries throughout the season. Lowe missed a significant about of time due to a bruised right shin and could be the vital factor to miss out on this award. The second baseman for the Rays ranked highly among all rookies in multiple significant catagories: home runs (17), hits (80), and OPS (.850).

Brandon Lowe also had a season to remember. In only 82 games, Lowe managed to hit 17 home runs and record 51 RBI’s. Lowe and his .270 batting average helped the Tampa Bay Rays to 96 wins in the regular season. Lowe also hit one home run during the postseason this season.

Brandon Lowe’s season was impressive, but might not be enough to win the award this year. Lowe is developing into a solid infielder for the Tampa Bay Ray, and we will continue to hear good things from his performance in years to come.

John Means (LHP) Baltimore Orioles

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The only pitcher to make the list, and for a good reason is Orioles John Means. Although the Orioles finished at the bottom of the American League, some young players, including Means, started to show off their talents. Means had success on the mound for the O-Birds this season, making him a suitable candidate for Rookie of the Year. Like Lowe, Means also made the All-Star squad, becoming the first Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina (1999) to achieve that honor.

Means appeared in 31 games this season for Baltimore. He recorded a 12-11 record on a rebuilding Orioles squad. In 155 innings pitched, Means sat down 121 batters on strikes, and held a 3.60 ERA.

Means had a memorable season, but being a pitcher on one of baseball’s worse teams might limit his votes in from the committee. Means has the potential to be a household name, as we will continue to his pitch for the Orioles in 2020.

The Decision

After intense debate and conversation, the Overtime Heroics writers went to the ballot box and cast their votes for AL Rookie of the Year. After much consideration, the award was unanimously in favor of Astros Yordan Alvarez. OTH Writers awarded Alvarez with 75% of the firstplace votes.

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The young outfielder for Houston put up remarkable numbers in only one half of the regular season and put them on display throughout the postseason as well. In the eyes of OTH, the award seems to be a “no-doubter” as we await the results from the BBWAA.

Christian S. Rauh is a writer for Overtime Heroics

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