Predicting the 2013 ROYs
Mike Trout has the AL locked up this year, but who's the 2013 favorite?
The American League Rookie of the Year race is over. Let's say Mike Trout doesn't get another hit for the rest of the year, going 0-for-125. He'd still finish the year with a .261 batting average, 24 home runs and 40-plus stolen bases.
Now anyone predicting Mike Trout for Rookie of the Year honors would not have exactly gone out on a limb, but how many people took Todd Frazier for National League honors before the season? (For more on Frazier's breakout, check out Jerry Crasnick's feature on him.) A look at the winners of the award throughout history shows a combination of obvious choices and plenty of surprises.
So who does the crystal ball say are next year's nominees? It's a tough combination of talent and potential opportunity for playing time. Here are the big names, as well as some possible surprises in each league.