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Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez named AL Rookie of the Year

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Julio Rodriguez, the dynamic younger middle fielder for the Seattle Mariners, was named American League Rookie of the Yr by the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America on Monday, beating out Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman and Cleveland left fielder Guardians, Steven Kwan.

Rodriguez obtained 29 of 30 first place votes and one second for 148 factors from a Baseball Writers Affiliation of America panel. Rutschman got here in second with one first place vote, 18 second place votes, and 9 thirds. Kwan was third with Royals infielder Bobby Witt Jr., Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena and Mariners pitcher George Kirby additionally receiving votes.

Rodriguez electrified town of Seattle and captivated a complete nation of baseball followers together with his youthful exuberance, pronounced swagger and all-encompassing expertise. At 21, he shrank . 284/. Individuals.

Alongside the best way, Rodriguez has all the time excelled at huge factors, dazzling together with his protection, energy and velocity. His 5.3 FanGraphs wins over substitute tied Rutschman for the rookie lead and have been surpassed by solely 21 place gamers in all the sport.

Rodriguez is the fifth Mariners participant to win Rookie of the Yr, after Alvin Davis (1984), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Kyle Lewis (2020).

Solely two different gamers since 1900 have collected a minimum of 28 residence runs, 25 stolen bases, and 25 doubles of their seasons aged 21 and beneath – Mike Trout and Andruw Jones. Rodriguez is the primary participant to mix 25 residence runs with 25 stolen bases in his first season within the huge leagues and the third to take action whereas nonetheless eligible as a rookie, together with Trout and Chris Younger, in response to the ESPN Stats & Analysis ballot. Info.

Rutschman completed with a .254/.362/.445 slash line to associate with 13 residence runs and 35 doubles whereas coping with the pains from behind residence plate. The Orioles, broadly anticipated to complete final within the hypercompetitive AL East, began the 2022 season 16-24 however went 67-55 after Rutschman’s Might 21 debut, practically making the playoffs.

Kwan, already one of the vital expert hitters within the sport, batted . 298/. 373/. 400 with 168 hits, essentially the most by a Cleveland rookie within the enlargement period (since 1961). The one participant within the main leagues with a better contact charge final season was Minnesota Twins infielder Luis Arraez, who captured the AL hitting title.

The Mariners envisioned Rodriguez as a possible star once they signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.75 million in the summertime of 2017, however he is introduced himself extra as an influence nook outfielder. Rodriguez has labored to remodel himself right into a five-tool middle fielder, zipping by way of the Mariners’ minor league system β€” regardless of lacking a complete season to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 β€” and cracking the workforce’s opening roster this spring.

Rodriguez struggled mightily in his first month, posting a . 544 OPS throughout that point, however recovered sufficient to make the All-Star workforce and eventually placed on a present through the Dodger Stadium House Run Derby.

Lower than two months later, the Mariners rewarded him with a long-term extension that may pay him between $210 million and $470 million over his profession, an unprecedented — and extremely incentivized — contract for somebody beneath a yr previous. full yr of main league service time.

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