In a recent poll of to determine the favorite to win the 2018 Rookie of the Year award, MLB writers voted for Shohei Ohtani in a landslide. MLB writers have to take cold showers when they look at Ohtani’s stats and see that he both pitched AND hit this season. Instant blood rush.
But what is being overlooked by the Church of Shohei is that the New York Yankees have two rookies that carried the team on their backs and dragged them to the postseason through nonstop injuries and a 3-man starting rotation.
Now, it’s very easy to just hand Miguel Andujar this trophy. Andujar hit .297 with 27 homers, 92 RBIs and I haven’t looked it up by from my count, about 9,999 doubles. This article will in no way rip Andujar.
I hope he does win. But I think people forget how great Gleyber Torres is.
So here are 4 reasons why Gleyber Torres deserves the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award:
Gleyber Torres was a 21-year old playing his first year in the majors and he made the All-Star team. Gleyber didn’t even debut until the 4th week of the season so he essentially missed all of April and was still the best second baseman in the American League.
How quickly we forget.
You know who didn’t make the All-Star team? Shohei Ohtani. Again, Torres was one of the best players in the entire sport. Giancarlo Stanton was top 5 in AL home runs and didn’t make the squad. Torres made the team.
Gleyber Torres was an All-Star this season. I cannot stress that enough.