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2017 Home Run Daily Awards: Rookie Of The Year

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Here at Home Run Daily, we like to make predictions.

With the regular season over, we’ve begun a series of posts indicating who we think will win those major awards handed out after the World Series. Saturday we dropped a Manager of the Year article, and today, it’s all about the Rookie of the Year.

Without further ado…

American League

Top candidates: Aaron Judge- New York, Andrew Benintendi- Boston, Trey Mancini- Baltimore, Yuli Gurriel- Houston

Votes: Mike (@MikeAddvensky): Aaron Judge, Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Aaron Judge, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Aaron Judge, Me (@somebostonfan): Aaron Judge

Your unanimous winner, and unsurprisingly so, Aaron Judge.

It was a pretty polarizing year for the 25-year-old Judge. Monster first half, Home Run Derby winner, struggled for 1.5 months, then had a monster September. His final stats? 52 homers to lead the majors, 114 RBIs, and a slash line of .284/.422/.627. There really isn’t a scenario where he won’t win, despite his Major-League leading 208 whiffs.

Judge’s 52 homers set a new rookie record, breaking Mark McGwire’s record of 49 set in 1987. He also led the American League in walks (127) and runs scored (128), and finished second in RBIs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Other highlights from Judge’s season include being a two-time AL Player of the Week/Month (June, September), and four-time AL Rookie of the Month (April, May, June, September).

If Judge didn’t have the monster September he had (15 HR, 32 RBIs, 1.352 OPS), maybe the race is closer and other names are being mentioned to a higher degree. But that’s just not the case, and rightfully so. Look for Judge to take home the hardware in November.

National League

Top candidates: Cody Bellinger- Los Angeles, Josh Bell- Pittsburgh, Paul DeJong- St. Louis, Kyle Freeland- Colorado

Votes: Mike (@MikeAddvensky): Cody Bellinger, Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Cody Bellinger, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Cody Bellinger, Me (@somebostonfan): Cody Bellinger

Another unanimous decision! Cody Bellinger is your 2017 Home Run Daily NL Rookie of the Year.

The sweet-swinging Bellinger didn’t make his debut until April 25 of this year, but still managed to drill 39 homers, drive in 97 runs, and carry a slash line of .267/.352/.581 in his rookie campaign. Like Judge, he participated in the Home Run Derby/All-Star Game, and was a two-time Player of the Week for his respective league. He was also the NL Rookie of the Month twice (May and June).

At just 22 years of age, Bellinger is already one of the elite sluggers in the National League, and he only needed one full year (not even!) to prove it.

Stay tuned for our MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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Cavan Biggio

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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Drew Storen

The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Neil Ramirez

Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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