By Trevor Smith
Cody Bellinger, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers: .269 average, 36 home runs, 83 RBIs
Cody Bellinger is coming off an impressive August, hitting six homeruns and posting a .292 average. Bellinger started September by breaking the Dodgers’ rookie home run record. The record was set in 1992 by Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza. If Bellinger can keep up the strong play and up his consistency at the plate a bit, then the award is his to lose.
Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates: .262 average, 24 home runs, 82 RBIs
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell is looking to make a final push for Rookie of the Year in the last month before the postseason; however, he will have to catch the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger to do so. Bell will need to duplicate what he did in August, the best month of his career, when he boasted a .323 average and blasted four home runs. He had 21 RBIs as well to help the Pirates to a 12-17 record in August.
Rhys Hoskins, LF, Philadelphia Phillies: .309 average, 12 home runs, 27 RBIs
Rhys Hoskins has become a beacon of hope for Phillies fans in his short time in the league this year. Hoskins has played in 27 games and has been on a tear since he got called up. He is boasting an impressive .309 average at the plate, as well as compiling a 1.159 OPS in 94 plate appearances. Hoskins’ chances of catching up to Bell or Bellinger are slim; however, he is already catching people’s attentions.
Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees: .277 average, 38 home runs, 85 RBIs
Aaron Judge is coming off the worst month he has had in his career at the plate. His batting average was well under .200 at a mere .185, but that wasn’t the worst part, as he struck out an abysmal 41 times. Judge is still firmly in the lead for Rookie of the Year; however, if he keeps this inconsistency at the plate up, he may see his grip loosen just enough for someone to catch him.
Andrew Benintendi, LF, Boston Red Sox: .270 average, 19 home runs, 75 RBIs
Andrew Benintendi has had a terrible start at the plate in September. The Red Sox left fielder is posting a measly .150 average in six games so far. Benintendi’s play at the plate will need to increase substantially if he wants any chance at catching Judge, as well as helping the Red Sox take the AL East crown.
Matt Davidson, 1B/DH, Chicago White Sox: .226 average, 24 home runs, 58 RBIs
Matt Davidson has faltered at the plate ever since coming off the disabled list Aug. 26 against the Tigers. However, expect for Davidson to turn it around, as he looks to end his rookie campaign on a high note. Davidson may not catch Judge for the title, but he has sure made an impression on the league.