MLB Rookie of the Year watch: Seager back on track in race

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

National League

Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is still leading the NL Rookie of the Year race after a short slump. (Dustin Nosler, Flickr)
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is still leading the NL Rookie of the Year race after a short slump.
(Dustin Nosler, Flickr)

After a few rough outings, Seager was able get back on track in a big way this past week. Seager went 11-for-25 from the plate with a .440 batting average. He also showed off some power with two home runs and six RBIs., pushing his lead in the National League Rookie of the Year race to the largest it has been. All Seager has to do in these last few weeks is play well, and the award should be his. He begins part of his final stretch for against the New York Yankees.

Aledmys Diaz, shortstop, St. Louis Cardinals

For Diaz, a hairline fracture in his right thumb dealt a big blow to his chances at claiming Rookie of the Year. However, the good news is he was activated from the disabled list. Diaz has a few short weeks to make a last ditch effort to overtake Seager. Look for Diaz to make an appearance in the Cardinals lineup this week.

Seung Hwan Oh, relief pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

Oh is a rookie in MLB experience alone. The 34-year-old Oh has been a professional baseball player for years, making his name as a top relief pitcher overseas. The Cardinals signed Oh, who got his chance in the MLB and hasn’t disappointed. Oh boasts 1.87 ERA with a 4-3 record. He’s also earned 17 saves and struck out 97 batters in the process. He’s also become one of the Cardinals top relief pitchers. Oh may not have a good chance at the award, but he has played well enough he deserves to have his name in the conversation.

American League

Michael Fulmer, starting pitcher, Detroit Tigers

Fulmer got back to winning ways in his last start. He pitched seven strong innings while giving up only two runs on three hits. Fulmer  didn’t technically earn the victory,  but he had a solid outing when he needed one the most. With the season dying down, Fulmer has only a few more starts, and with a good lead on Naquin for Rookie of the Year, all he has to do is post solid numbers and earn wins to claim the award.

Tyler Naquin, center field, Cleveland Indians

Time is running out for Naquin in his Rookie of the Year chances. However, he is still in contention with a strong showing this past week, going 5-for-15 with a .333 batting average. Naquin also drew six walks and contributed three RBIs. Naquin is in good position to make a late push for the award, but he may need a little help from Fulmer.

Max Kepler, right field, Minnesota Twins

Kepler, who had been playing solid, fell apart this past week. He went 3-for-16 with a .188 batting average. He drew only one walk and struck out multiple times. Kepler still has a chance at Rookie of the Year, but he will need to play the best ball he’s ever played.

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