A Case For The Rookie of The Year: Randy Wells

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IIJuly 9, 2009

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 23:  Randy Wells of the Chicago Cubs poses during photo day at the Fitch Park Spring Training complex on February 23, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The 26-year-old stud, Randy Wells, is definitely someone in the running for the Rookie of the Year. He has been nothing short of dominant this year for the Cubs.

Wells, with his second team, has looked absolutely amazing this year for the Cubs. Wells, who has been lacking run support, is 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA. His record doesn't reflect how well he has pitched for the Cubs.

No pitchers in the NL are anywhere near Randy Wells. Compare the following pitchers to Wells's stats.

Kenshin Kawakami, 34, is 5-6 with a 4.26 ERA for the Atlanta Braves.

Tommy Hanson is the only one who can compare. Hanson, 23, is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Hanson made is debut on June 7 of this year also for the Braves.

James McDonald, 24, is 2-1 with a 5.33 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jason Motte, 27, is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals. Motte, who was the closer out of spring training, later lost the role because of his inconsistency.

Jordan Zimmermann, 23, has been shaky for the struggling Nationals this year. Zimmermann is 3-3 with a 4.52 ERA.

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Bobby Parnell, 24, has been pitching pretty well as of late for the Mets. Parnell is 2-3 with a 4.64 ERA as a middle reliever.

As you can see with the above stats, Wells only compares to Hanson. I think Wells is better. I think Wells has better control over his fastball and mixes speeds very well. Wells will be the pitcher the Cubs were looking for in Jake Peavy. He is the Cubs' Jake Peavy for a much a lower price.

Vote Randy Wells for 2009 Rookie of the Year. (As long as he stays healthy.)

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