2011 Rookie of the Year

With the regular season over, it’s getting close to awards time now. Start things off with the AL Rookie of the Year:

3) Mark Trumbo, 1B, LAA

.254/.291/.477, 29 homers, 2.3 fWAR, 2.1 brWAR

The low OBP kills me, and this could easily be Brett Lawrie (2.7 fWAR), Dustin Ackley (2.7 fWAR), or Desmond Jennings (2.4 fWAR). None of them played in even 100 games though. Though really, that just helps their cases (since on a rate basis that makes them even better versus Trumbo – oh well).

2) Zach Britton, SP, BAL

4.61 ERA, 4.00 FIP, 4.12 xFIP, 2.5 fWAR, 1.3 brWAR

A left-handed groundball pitcher with Mark Reynolds at third? Brutal. Sure there’s probably some home-town bias here. Sue me.

1) Michael Pineda, SP, SEA

3.74 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 3.53 xFIP, 3.4 fWAR, 2.8 brWAR

K/9 over 9, BB/9 under 3 – exactly 5 qualified starters did that this year; Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Pineda. Pretty good company.

Quick NL ballot:

3. Wilson Ramos, C, WAS
2. Craig Kimbrel, RP, ATL
1. Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS