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Too Early to Call?

Alyssa De La Cruz

The first month of the 2023 MLB season is already in full effect, which means there is already a ranking for the awards granted after this season, specifically Rookie of the Year.

Two key candidates to look at closely this season are Los Angeles Dodgers center field James Outman and Houston Astros right-hand pitcher Hunter Brown. But there is also Arizona Diamondbacks left-fielder Corbin Carroll who is slowly but definitely surely making his own into the Rookie of the Year conservations for the National League.

Courtesy of:: Instagram @corbin.carroll

Corbin Carroll was acknowledged as one of the top prospects in baseball during 2022 and the Diamondbacks front office decided in a brief debut to sign him after his MLB debut at the end of August 2022. Only having about 104 at-bats during last year’s season left him to enter this year as one of the favorites for the National League Rookie of the Year race. According to Baseball Reference, Carroll’s current batting average is .284.

Courtesy of:: Instagram @jamesoutman

James Outman was always known to be a top prospect from the Los Angeles Dodgers but he was not considered the “one” Miguel Vargas was. Outman has stolen early headlines at the beginning of the season since taking over the position of center fielder after Cody Bellinger was non-tendered during the offseason. According to Baseball Reference, his stats were as follows, .294/.393/.586 with 31 doubles, 31 home runs, and 106 RBIs in 125 games. Even though Outman has a pretty unsustainable strikeout rate of 33% which raises some questions it still doesn’t lower his chances of receiving the award.

Courtesy of:: Instagram @hunterbrown3

Hunter Brown pitched his way into the Astros playoff roster last season with an outstanding ERA of 0.89 according to Baseball Reference during his call-up in September of last year. Since Justin Verlander departed with the Astros and Lance McCullers Jr. is on the injured list, Brown has made a huge impact in the rotation.

Other players to watch:

  • OF Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox

  • 1B Ryan Noda, Oakland Athletics

  • RHP Taj Bradley, Tampa Bay Rays

  • OF Esteury Ruiz, Oakland Athletics

  • SS Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees

  • RHP Yennier Cano, Baltimore Orioles

  • 3B Josh Jung, Texas Rangers

Who do you have your hopes on for winning Rookie of the Year?

Edited by: Katie LeLasher

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