Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners was named AL Rookie of the Year

Julio RodriguezThe Seattle Mariners’ dynamic young center fielder was named the All-American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday, topping the Baltimore Orioles catcher. Atlee Rutchman And the Cleveland Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan.

Rodriguez received 29 of 30 first-place votes and one second for 148 points from the Baseball Writers Association of America panel. Rutschman finished second with one first-place vote, 18 second-place votes and nine third-place votes. Quan took third with the Royals infielder Bobby Witt Jr., Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena And the Mariners pitcher George Kirby Also gets votes.

Rodriguez electrified the city of Seattle and captivated an entire nation of baseball fans with his youthful exuberance, pronounced swagger and vast talent. At 21, he slashed .284/.345/.509 with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and 25 doubles while leading the Mariners to their first regular season berth since 2001, snapping the longest hitting drought in the four major North American professional sports.

Along the way, Rodriguez continued to dazzle in big spots with his defense and power and speed. His 5.3 FanGraphs wins instead tied Rutchman for the new lead and was topped by only 21 position players throughout the game.

Rodriguez is the fifth Mariners player to win Rookie of the Year, following Alvin Davis (1984), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Kyle Lewis (2020)

Only two other players since 1900 have accumulated at least 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and 25 doubles in their 21 or fewer seasons — Mike Trout and Andrew Jones. According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, Rodriguez is the first player to hit 25 home runs with 25 stolen bases in his first season in the big leagues and is the third player to be eligible along with Trout and Chris Young.

Rutchman finished with a .254/.362/.445 slash line with 13 homers and 35 doubles while handling the brunt from behind home plate. The Orioles, widely expected to finish last in the hyper-competitive AL East, started the 2022 season 16-24, but went 67-55 after Rutchman’s debut on May 21 and nearly made the playoffs.

Already one of the most efficient hitters in the game, Quan batted .298/.373/.400 with 168 hits, the most by a Cleveland rookie during the expansion era (since 1961). The Minnesota Twins infielder was the only player in the majors with a higher contact rate last season. Luis AresWinner of the AL batting title.

The Mariners envisioned Rodriguez as a potential star when they signed him from the Dominican Republic for $1.75 million in the summer of 2017, but he described more as a power-hitting corner outfielder. Rodriguez worked to transform himself into a five-tool center fielder, zoomed through the Mariners’ minor league system — despite missing an entire season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and cracked the team’s Opening Day roster this spring.

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Rodriguez posted a .544 OPS in his first month, but he recovered enough to make the All-Star team and eventually put on a show during the Home Run Derby from Dodger Stadium.

Less than two months later, the Mariners offered him a long-term extension that will pay him anywhere between $210 million and $470 million over his career. A full year of major league service time.

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