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Rookie of the Year Candidates

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, November 15, 2009 02:29 PM | Comments: 11
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Tomorrow, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year will be announced.  Here are some of the top candidates for the award:

J.A Happ (PHI): 12-4, 166 IP, 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 119 SO, .244 AVG

There is no clear cut favorite.  However, Happ has the numbers to make him a top Rookie of the Year choice.

Tommy Hanson (ATL):  11-4, 127.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 116 SO, .225 AVG

Happ’s advantage in innings may give him the edge over Hanson.

Randy Wells (CHC): 12-10, 165.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 104 SO, .261 AVG

The Cubs didn’t give Wells much run support this year.  In some cases, the voters take a team’s performance in account, and the Cubs aren’t helping Wells’ campaign.

Chris Coghlan (FLA): 128 G, .321 AVG, 9 HR, .850 OPS

Phillies fans know enough about this guy.  The question is whether his offensive numbers compete with the pitchers’ stats

Garrett Jones (PIT): 82 G, .293 AVG, 21 HR, .938 OPS

Jones did not play in many games, so that may hurt his campaign.  However, the 28-year old has showed his power in his limited major league experience.

Andrew McCutchen (PIT): 108 G, .286 AVG, 22 SB, .836 OPS

He’s the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But he is in the same boat as Jones.  Does he have enough playing time to get enough votes?

Colby Rasmus (STL): 147 G, .251 AVG, 16 HR, .717 OPS

Rasmus doesn’t matchup with the other candidates.  His batting average and on-base plus slugging percentage are mediocre at best.

Casey McGehee (MIL): 116 G, .301 AVG, 16 HR, .859 OPS

McGehee has put up some solid offensive numbers, but his defense may factor in.  He spent the majority at third base, where he had a .916 fielding percentage.

Ryan Howard was the last Phillie to win the Rookie of the Year award.  Will Happ follow his footsteps?

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  • Posts: 0 DY

    I like Happ to squeak by Hanson and Coghlan for the award (especially given the extra bonus of being on a team that advanced to the World Series). Then, I like him to be packaged with a few other pieces to bring us Halladay. Yeah, I know, it’s probably a pipe dream.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dylan

    Chris Coghlan should get it, but I’m still hoping for Happ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dudley Monk

    I think Happ will be an outstanding pitcher for the Phils if they keep him. As great as Halladay is, he is getting “long of tooth.” Hopefully Happ wins the award.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sean P.

    I understand the respect Coghlan is getting, but do not understand the hype with any of the other players besides Happ. Check out ESPN’s article, they don’t even consider Happ???

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4654706

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    GO HAPP!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phruntrunner

    Happ will get the Pity For Philly vote.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikeB

    I hope that Happ wins it but I bet that Coghlan will be selected. Happ did not have a great September and post season because of injury and therefore did not finish the year off strong which, of course, is no fault of his own. Will depend on how all this is looked at in comparison to the statistics his earlier great season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith E

    Happ all the way! Lost the competition for 5th starter, gained the spot when Park slipped, relegated to the pen, trade rumors. All the while he kept a very professional attitude. What more could a team ask of a rookie?
    GO PHILS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Don’t they vote on these awards BEFORE the post-season? That’s why Lou Piniella got the award last year (not Charlie).. etc

    I don’t think that postseason matters… even though Happ did fan 3 straight Yankees in a row in the last game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Happ was insanely lucky with his BA with runners in scoring position in 2009, but his ERA was superficially good.

    McCutcheon and Hanson will both be stars but the voters may give it to a Happ or Coghlan.

    I used to care a lot more about awards when the Phils were bad, but now I only care about winning titles.

     
 
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