Like the Dodgers need anymore talent on their roster, two of the top five NL Rookie of the Year Candidates are Los Angeles Dodgers. As the saying goes “the rich get richer”
(SS) Gavin Lux (LA Dodgers)(+200) – Let’s start with the minors where all he did in Triple-A Oklahoma City was hit .392 with a .478 on-base percentage in 49 games. He also increased his home runs from 15 to 28 from 2018 to 2019 before getting the call to the Dodgers. Last season he became the youngest Dodger player to hit a postseason home run as well as the youngest player in baseball to hit a pinch-hit postseason home run. He ended up playing in 23 regular season games hitting .240 with 2 home runs & 9 rbi’s. He scored 12 runs and had 18 hits. He did strike out 24 times in those 75 at-bats which is a bit too high. He also has great speed and will be considered a threat on the basepaths. It is a huge adjustment moving up from minor league pitching to the majors, but he has all the tools and is the overwhelming favorites to win the NL ROY award this season.
(2B) Brendan Rodgers (Colorado)(+1000) – Brendan was not supposed to be this list in 2020. He did not play in his first game until May 17th and was done for the season on June 23 after playing in just 25 games. You have to question if that should was an issue from the start. He was having a horrible season hitting just .224 with no home runs & 7 rbi’s, 8 runs scored, just 8 hits and struck out 27 times in 76 at-bats. Keep in mind that he played in Coors Field too! From everything I am ready I am wondering how he made the list of ROY candidates let alone the top-5. Somebody must know something that I don’t and that certainly would not be the first time. I will follow Brendan closely this season now just because I am curious.
(P) MacKenzie Gore (San Diego)(+1000) – Let’s start off by saying MacKenzie was named the MLB Pipeline of the Year last season given to the top pitching prospect in baseball. That sort of says it all right there. He posted a 1.69 era & 0.83 WHIP with 135 strikeouts in 101 innings of work between Single-A & Double-A last season. San Diego likes to move their prospects up quickly and feels he is ready to make the jump to the majors. He just turned 21 last month and it being thrown into the fire. I love to root for guys like this, but it is rare for a kid this age to have success in the majors. If he does, he certainly does consider strong consideration for ROY.
(3B) Carter Kieboom (Washington)(+1000) – I would vote for him just on his name alone. All kidding aside I am not sure what happened to Carter last season. He made in MLB in April and homered in his first game and after hitting just .128 in his first 11 games was sent down to the minors and was never called back up. That seems strange for a guy who made the opening day roster. Despite the horrible average, he did hit 2 home runs which would equate to near 30 for the season. Maybe I am stretching things because I feel bad for the guy and I feel he was not given a fair shot. This year it appears he will be and the oddsmakers feel outside of Gavin Lux of the Dodgers his chance is as good as anyone else’s.
(P) Dustin May (LA Dodgers)(+1000) – What makes him stand out is he throws six distinct pitches and has above average control on all of them, so hitters are kept off-balance. Hard to key on any one pitch with than many coming your way. I think the best is yet to come from Dustin. He is still learning and with the talented, crowded Dodgers staff you are only going to get so many starts and he is likely to see some time in the pen which would also take away any ROY voting that could come his way. Dustin made 14 appearances last season and 4 starts for the Dodgers going 2-3 with a 3.63 era along with 4 holds and a blown save. He allowed 33 hits in 34.2 innings pitched and struck out 32 batters giving up 2 home runs and walking just 5. They thought enough of him to make two postseason appearances last year as well.
A few other longshots to consider but not very likely:
- (OF) Dylan Carlson (St Louis)(+1200)
- (P) Jon Duplantier (Arizona)(+1200)
- (P) Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh)(+1200)