Clevelinks: Rookie Francisco Lindor is Finalist in BBWAA Awards
On Tuesday, the finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards were announced. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was named one of the three finalists for American League Rookie of the Year, along with Twins third baseman Miguel Sano and Astros shortstop Carlos Correa.
All Lindor did as a rookie was post a .313/.353/.482 line in 99 games, hitting 12 home runs and swiping 12 bases in the process. He was selected as Rookie of the Month in September, and it’s hard to say whether that had more to do with his defense or his offense.
Lindor is one of the most impressive players to reach the major leagues in recent memory, and he’s certainly deserving of the award. However, Correa, who posted a .279/.345/.512 line and hit 22 home runs with 14 stolen bases, would almost certainly have the edge statistically. (Sano’s .269/.385/.530 line, including 18 home runs, is nearly as impressive, but give the advantage to Lindor and Correa because they play a harder position.)
Lindor’s best chance at winning the award is if voters take into consideration the rookies’ impacts on their respective big league clubs. While both players joined fairly good teams, Correa’s team played well for the majority of the season, while the Indians were in a downward spiral until Lindor arrived. The team’s second-half success can be traced back to Lindor’s debut, which should count for something, right?
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