And the NL Rookie of the Year Award Winner for 2009 Is...
Here is the list of the six rookies in the National League who will garner votes for the Rookie of the Year Award.
First is Casey McGehee. He's played in 93 games for the Milwaukee Brewers and has been a pleasant surprise for the team.
So far this year, McGehee has hit for an average of .295, with 13 homers, 50 RBI, 15 doubles, one triple, 82 hits, 47 runs, an on-base percentage of .358, slugging of .496, an OPS of .854, and 138 total bases.
On the defensive side, he's made 10 errors at third base in 51 games, for a fielding percentage of .913, and he's also played in 22 games at second base, and has made two errors for a fielding percentage of .980 at that position.
Another position player that is a contender for the award is Chris Coghlan of the Florida Marlins. The youngster has been one of the factors in helping the team stay in contention for the wild card.
Coghlan has appeared in 103 games so far this season for the Marlins. He's hitting .310 with nine homers, 40 RBI, 20 doubles, four triples, 123 hits, 65 runs, an on-base percentage of .382, a slugging percentage of .448, OPS of .830, and 178 total bases.
In the outfield he has made four errors for a fielding percentage of .975 and has three assists.
Pitching wise, there are three pitchers who could take some votes as well. The first one is Randy Wells.
Wells has had some impressive outings for the Cubs but his win-loss record has suffered due to the inconsistent bullpen the Cubs have had this year.
So far Wells is 10-8 with a 2.84 ERA in 22 starts. He's pitched 144.2 innings, while striking out 84 and walking 35. He has a WHIP of 1.22, and has given up 12 home runs.
Tommy Hanson is the second young hurler on the list to make a run at the award. He has started 16 games so far this year for the Atlanta Braves. He has a 9-3 record with a 3.07 ERA. He has struck out 78 and walked 36. He has a WHIP of 1.24 and has given up nine HR.
J.A. Happ is on a lot of lists as the favorite to win the award. While his numbers are impressive, let's not forget the fact that two of the wins on his record came because of his work out of the bullpen, where he started this year for the Phillies.
Even if you throw those two wins out the window, his numbers in 19 starts are impressive. He has an 8-4 record as a starter, with three complete games including two shutouts. Those complete games and shutouts are going to get him votes.
On the season, Happ has struck out 104 batters, has walked 52, has a WHIP of 1.18, and has given up 17 home runs.
My belief is that Happ will come in second in the voting.
I think the player that wins the award goes to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Since his arrival on June 4, McCutchen has appeared in 83 games. He's hit .279 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, 20 doubles, six triples, 57 runs, 16 stolen bases, a .357 on-base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage, an OPS of .832, and 158 total bases.
Defensively, McCutchen has made two errors and has a fielding percentage of .990. Even more impressively, he has eight assists from the outfield this year—an impressive number, considering he's only played 83 games this year.
McCutchen's defensive prowess, his ability to steal bases, and his ability to get on base will factor in the votes as well.
If I had a vote for the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009, McCutchen would get it.
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