MLB Rookie of the Year watch: Diaz gaining ground

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

With the MLB season coming to an end, the race for individual awards intensify. That is no different for Rookie of the Year, in both the National and American League.

National League

Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers

With a chance to put the race away with a good week, Corey Seager botched his opportunity and opened the door for the other candidates to find their way back into the race. Coming off a stellar week before, Seager went a mere 6-for-29 from the plate. Seager was only able to contribute one RBI while posting a .207 batting average. However, Seager still has a strong lead, but if he has many more similar weeks, then Seager could find himself in second place soon.

Aledmys Diaz, shortstop, St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz is picking up momentum in the Rookie of the Year race after a stint on the disabled list. (beisbolsinaloa, Flickr)
Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz is picking up momentum in the Rookie of the Year race after a stint on the disabled list.
(beisbolsinaloa, Flickr)

After over a month on the disabled list, Aledmys Diaz found himself back in the lineup contributing to the Cardinals push for a Wild Card spot. Diaz didn’t miss a beat, going 4-for-18 with four RBIs. He showed off his power with two home runs during the week. Diaz is in second place in the race for Rookie of the Year, but with Seager’s poor play, Diaz has gained ground and will need to play solid the end of the season for a chance to overtake first place.

Seung Hwan Oh, relief pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

Seung Hwan Oh continues to dominate batters at the plate. Oh has been as dominant as any pitcher this year, giving up only two hits in three innings of work this week. He amassed a mere 0.67 WHIP for the week, while posting a 0.00 ERA. Even though he has entered the race late, Oh shouldn’t be counted out from making a surge at the end the season.

American League

Michael Fulmer, starting pitcher, Detroit Tigers

Michael Fulmer struggled in his most recent start, posting a 10.80 ERA. He gave up six runs on seven hits against division rival Cleveland. Also, Fulmer had trouble finding the strike zone, for he issued three walks to opposing batters. Fulmer will have to play a lot better if he wants to stay in first place in the race.

Tyler Naquin, centerfield, Cleveland Indians

With a chance to capitalize on the lackluster performance of fellow rookie Fulmer, Naquin lost his swing and played poorly. Naquin went only 4-for-15, and tallying a .267 batting average isn’t going to cut it if he wants a chance at AL Rookie of the Year. Naquin has an opportunity to take advantage of the reeling Fulmer as long as he plays well and makes smarter decisions at the plate.

Max Kepler, right field, Minnesota Twins

Max Kepler had another abysmal week. After placing himself firmly in the race, Kepler has hit a major obstacle and all but eliminated himself from serious consideration. Kepler went 4-for-21 with only one RBI and posted a weak .190 batting average. As of now, Kepler would need a miracle to get himself back into the race.

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