Let there be no doubt about it. The AL and NL Rookies of the Year are easy picks this year! These players aren’t so much hype, just steady, top notch results.
AL Rookie of the Year: Neftali Feliz. The numbers might speak for themselves, but this kid did it for the AL West Pennant winning Texas Rangers! He was BIG in BIG games all year long! 40 Saves in 43 Save Opportunities, Opponent’s Batting Average just 0.178, and a WHIP of 0.88.
NL Rookie of the Year: Buster Posey. Like Feliz, the numbers really speak for themselves, and yet there is so much more to this guy than numbers. Posey anchored the NL West Pennant winning San Fransisco Giants lineup, hitting clean-up, and he managed an electric starting pitching staff and bullpen without a hitch, a real testament to his maturity and baseball smarts. Those who think Jason Heyward should win this award need only to compare the players without bias. In 34 fewer games, Posey hit the same amount of Home Runs (18), just 5 fewer Rbis (67 to 72), hit for Average 28 points higher (0.305 to 0.277), and struck out around half as much as Heyward (every 7.38 ABs to every 4.08 ABs).