Tomorrow, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year will be announced. Here are some of the top candidates for the award:
J.A Happ (PHI): 12-4, 166 IP, 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 119 SO, .244 AVG
There is no clear cut favorite. However, Happ has the numbers to make him a top Rookie of the Year choice.
Tommy Hanson (ATL): 11-4, 127.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 116 SO, .225 AVG
Happ’s advantage in innings may give him the edge over Hanson.
Randy Wells (CHC): 12-10, 165.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 104 SO, .261 AVG
The Cubs didn’t give Wells much run support this year. In some cases, the voters take a team’s performance in account, and the Cubs aren’t helping Wells’ campaign.
Chris Coghlan (FLA): 128 G, .321 AVG, 9 HR, .850 OPS
Phillies fans know enough about this guy. The question is whether his offensive numbers compete with the pitchers’ stats
Garrett Jones (PIT): 82 G, .293 AVG, 21 HR, .938 OPS
Jones did not play in many games, so that may hurt his campaign. However, the 28-year old has showed his power in his limited major league experience.
Andrew McCutchen (PIT): 108 G, .286 AVG, 22 SB, .836 OPS
He’s the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates. But he is in the same boat as Jones. Does he have enough playing time to get enough votes?
Colby Rasmus (STL): 147 G, .251 AVG, 16 HR, .717 OPS
Rasmus doesn’t matchup with the other candidates. His batting average and on-base plus slugging percentage are mediocre at best.
Casey McGehee (MIL): 116 G, .301 AVG, 16 HR, .859 OPS
McGehee has put up some solid offensive numbers, but his defense may factor in. He spent the majority at third base, where he had a .916 fielding percentage.
Ryan Howard was the last Phillie to win the Rookie of the Year award. Will Happ follow his footsteps?