As we posted last season around this time in the season, it's time to take a look at some potential Rookie of the Year candidates. We will start in the American League, as this race is wide open for the most part, opposed to the National League RoY race, which is a long list of strong candidates. As most did prior to the start of the season, Brian Matusz was a favorable AL RoY pick, but who else has stepped their game up?
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the qualifications for a rookie (those of you who voted Edison Volquez in 2008) - here are the rules. Via the official MLB.com website - "A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster ."
So now that you know the rules, let's take a look at some of the top RoY candidates from the American League.
All statistics as of September 4th, 2010
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