AL Rookie of the Year
1. Jeremy Hellickson (Rays), 2. Mark Trumbo (Angels), 3. Jordan Walden (Angels).
In a crowded field that features a (so far) 16-game winner (New York’s Ivan Nova), a 29-home-run-slugger (Trumbo), a .299 hitter (Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer) and a 31-save closer (Walden), we’re going with Hellickson, who, as of this writing, was 13-10 with a 2.90 ERA while pitching in the brutal AL East. His adjusted ERA+ of 128 puts him just outside the top 10 in the league, and is better than that of David Price, his heralded Tampa Bay teammate. That said, Trumbo might have snuck past Hellickson on my ballot but for that awful .296 on-base percentage.
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