This past weekend the world would receive the three finalist nominees for all of the MLB Awards. Those awards will be announced next week. Beginning with the Rookies of the Year on November 11th. So with that in mind, the Laracuente Ledger tosses in their unofficial ballot for the 2019 MLB Rookie of the Year.
NL Rookie of the Year Nominees
Pete Alonso- New York Mets
Mike Soroka- Atlanta Braves
Fernando Tatis Jr- San Diego Padres
Ledger’s Pick: Pete Alonso
When looking back at the 2019 regular season, there is a clear cut winner for NL ROY, and his name is Pete Alonso. Alonso would reset the rookie home run record after just two seasons. And beyond just the home run total, Alonso would put together a 5 Win season and produce and OPS+ of 148. (According to BaseballReference.com) Pete Alonso would also be named an All-Star for the Mets.
Mike Soroka and Fernando Tatis Jr also had very good rookie campaigns. But there is only one man that will walk away with this award. The Mets’ first baseman would genuinely earn this award has he played in 161 of 162. And as previously stated would surpass the rookie home run total with 53 homers, and Alonso would also drive in 120. Pete would slash a more than respectable .260/.358/.583 for the season. This is an easy decision.
Estimated Actual Winner: Pete Alonso
AL Rookie of the Year Nominees
Yordan Alvarez- Houston Astros
Brandon Lowe- Tampa Bay Rays
John Means- Baltimore Orioles
Ledger’s Pick: Yordan Alvarez
And just like in the National League, there is a clear cut favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year, and that man is Yordan Alvarez. Alvarez would spend a good part of the season carrying the Astros on his bat. And when thinking about the roster that Houston boasts, it makes it all the more impressive a feat for Alvarez to have contributed so much during the regular season.
In just 87 games, Yordan would hit 27 home runs and drive in 78 RBIs. Add in a slash line of .313/.412/.655 and his 173 OPS+ and a WAR of 3.7, and it’s easy to see why Yordan should be the AL Rookie of the Year.