The VORG’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year” Awards

If you’re new to the VORG, please note that we give out our awards not necessarily to the BEST player for each honor, but for the most NOTABLE player. For example, Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant are the favorites for the Rookie of the Year awards. However, those two gentleman didn’t distinguish themselves in the slightly warped, silly, odd world of the VORG.

Instead, the VORG is proud to present its American League Rookie of the Year to Twins’ outfielder Eddie Rosario and the National League award to the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson.

Rosario came to the plate 474 times in 2015. He drew 15 walks …. and had 15 triples (as well as double figures in homers and doubles).

 

Year Age Tm Lg G PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2015 23 MIN AL 122 474 121 18 15 13 50 15 118 .267 .289 .459 .748
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/30/2015.

Lack of walks notwithstanding, Rosario joins a star-studded list of players with double figures in doubles, triples and homers in their rookie campaigns.

 

Player BB 2B 3B HR Year Tm G PA SO BA OBP SLG
Eddie Rosario 15 18 15 13 2015 MIN 122 474 118 .267 .289 .459
Ruben Sierra (RoY-6th) 22 13 10 16 1986 TEX 113 411 65 .264 .302 .476
Joe DiMaggio 24 44 15 29 1936 NYY 138 669 39 .323 .352 .576
Joe Medwick 26 40 10 18 1933 STL 148 627 56 .306 .337 .497
Juan Samuel (RoY-2nd) 28 36 19 15 1984 PHI 160 737 168 .272 .307 .442
Smead Jolley 28 38 12 16 1930 CHW 152 651 52 .313 .346 .492
Jeff Heath 33 31 18 21 1938 CLE 126 538 55 .343 .383 .602
Nomar Garciaparra (RoY-1st) 35 44 11 30 1997 BOS 153 734 92 .306 .342 .534
Ival Goodman 35 23 18 12 1935 CIN 148 637 50 .269 .314 .429
Ernie Koy 38 29 13 11 1938 BRO 142 575 76 .299 .352 .468
Gene Moore 40 38 12 13 1936 BSN 151 691 80 .290 .335 .449
Bruce Campbell 40 36 11 14 1932 TOT 146 660 104 .283 .333 .447
Ben Chapman 43 31 10 10 1930 NYY 138 565 58 .316 .371 .474
Babe Herman 44 35 11 11 1926 BRO 137 554 53 .319 .375 .500
Phil Todt 44 29 13 11 1925 BOS 141 606 29 .278 .343 .439
Hack Wilson 44 19 12 10 1924 NYG 107 434 46 .295 .369 .486
Lou Gehrig 46 23 10 20 1925 NYY 126 497 49 .295 .365 .531
Jimmy Rollins (RoY-3rd) 48 29 12 14 2001 PHI 158 720 108 .274 .323 .419
Dale Long 48 19 13 16 1955 PIT 131 479 72 .291 .362 .513
Lee Walls 50 20 11 11 1956 PIT 143 537 83 .274 .345 .432
Wally Berger 54 27 14 38 1930 BSN 151 628 69 .310 .375 .614
Tony Lazzeri 54 28 14 18 1926 NYY 155 665 96 .275 .338 .462
Hanley Ramirez (RoY-1st) 56 46 11 17 2006 FLA 158 700 128 .292 .353 .480
Player BB 2B 3B HR Year Tm G PA SO BA OBP SLG
Dale Alexander 56 43 15 25 1929 DET 155 701 63 .343 .397 .580
Gary Matthews (RoY-1st) 58 22 10 12 1973 SFG 148 605 83 .300 .367 .444
Jake Wood (RoY-6th) 58 17 14 11 1961 DET 162 731 141 .258 .320 .376
Chet Ross 59 23 14 17 1940 BSN 149 632 127 .281 .352 .460
Pinky Higgins 61 34 12 13 1933 PHA 152 635 53 .314 .383 .485
Stan Musial 62 32 10 10 1942 STL 140 536 25 .315 .397 .490
Earl Averill 63 43 13 18 1929 CLE 152 680 53 .332 .398 .538
Dick Allen (RoY-1st) 67 38 13 29 1964 PHI 162 709 138 .318 .382 .557
Irv Noren 67 27 10 14 1950 WSH 138 615 77 .295 .375 .459
Roy Johnson 67 45 14 10 1929 DET 148 714 60 .314 .379 .475
Del Bissonette 70 30 13 25 1928 BRO 155 668 75 .320 .396 .543
Minnie Minoso (RoY-2nd) 72 34 14 10 1951 TOT 146 622 42 .326 .422 .500
Gus Suhr 80 26 14 17 1930 PIT 151 637 56 .286 .380 .480
Harlond Clift 84 30 10 14 1934 SLB 147 664 100 .260 .357 .421
Joe Morgan (RoY-2nd) 97 22 12 14 1965 HOU 157 708 77 .271 .373 .418
Ted Williams 107 44 11 31 1939 BOS 149 675 64 .327 .436 .609
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/30/2015.

 

Friend of the VORG Dan Wade noted the following after I posted Rosario’s double-figures in those categories:

 

Dan Wade @Dwade

More outfield assists (16) than walks (15). Can’t imagine that’s happened too often.

 

 

Well Dan, here are the three most recent occurrences of a player with 100 or more games in the outfield, and more assists than walks:

 

Season Name Team Pos G A BB
1956 Roberto Clemente PIT OF 149 17 13
2015 Eddie Rosario MIN OF 124 16 15
1994 Raul Mondesi LAD OF 124 17 16

 

Joc Pederson earned the VORG’s NL Rookie award thanks to his performance in the Three True Outcomes (TTO). Nearly one half of Pederson’s 585 plate appearances ended in a walk, strikeout or homer. In fact, he set a rookie record for TTO% with a minimum of 450 plate appearances, by nearly three percent:

 

Season Name Team TTO% PA HR BB SO
2015 Joc Pederson Dodgers 49.23% 585 26 92 170
2015 Kris Bryant Cubs 46.46% 650 26 77 199
2000 Pat Burrell Phillies 46.41% 474 18 63 139
1986 Pete Incaviglia Rangers 44.55% 606 30 55 185
2002 Brad Wilkerson Expos 43.45% 603 20 81 161
1966 Byron Browne Cubs 42.70% 466 16 40 143
1970 Danny Walton Brewers 42.64% 455 17 51 126

 

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