Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II gained the American League and Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months honors, respectively, on Monday.
Each gamers emerged as prime expertise for his or her groups and helped their organizations to playoff appearances.
For Rodriguez, his Mariners group made the playoffs for the primary time since 2001. Although the group was swept within the American League Division Collection, Rodriguez proved to be prime participant on the Mariners in WAR (6.2). He hit 28 house runs and batted .284 with an .853 OPS.
Rodriguez additionally broke out through the MLB Home Run Derby. He made it to the finals solely to lose to Juan Soto. He signed a 12-year, $209.3 million extension in August.
He’s the second Mariners rookie to win the award in three seasons. Kyle Lewis gained it through the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Harris’ season confirmed that the Braves have an embarrassment of riches on their arms. The 2021 World Collection champions performed Harris in 114 video games this season. It solely took him three years to achieve the majors as he was chosen within the third spherical of the 2019 draft.
He hit .297 with an .853 OPS with 19 house runs, 27 doubles and 20 stolen bases. He was second within the group in Baseball Reference’s WAR (4.4) worth and third in WAR (5.3).
Harris’ win got here 4 years after teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. gained the award in 2018.