The VORG’s 2017 “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, Michael Fulmer and Corey Seager were last year’s Rookies of the Year. But instead we gave the American League Rookie of the Year to Blue Jays’ pitcher Dustin Antolin for having 42 letters in his full name, and we gave the National League award to the Rockies’ David Dahl for his 17-game hit streak to start his career.

This season, Aaron Judge will undoubtedly run away with the award in the American League, based on his record-setting 52 homers, .282 average and steady defense in right field.  However, the VORG is presenting ITS award to Judge because he established a rookie record with a 57.1 Three True Outcome percentage. Here are the highest TTO numbers in a rookie season with at least 500 plate appearances.  You can see Judge obliterated the previous mark of 49.2% by Joc Pederson from two years ago.

Season Name Team PA HR BB SO TTO
2017 Aaron Judge Yankees 678 52 127 208 57.1%
2015 Joc Pederson Dodgers 585 26 92 170 49.2%
2015 Kris Bryant Cubs 650 26 77 199 46.5%
2017 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 548 39 64 146 45.4%
1986 Pete Incaviglia Rangers 606 30 55 185 44.6%
2002 Brad Wilkerson Expos 603 20 81 161 43.4%
1986 Danny Tartabull Mariners 578 25 61 157 42.0%
1999 Preston Wilson Marlins 543 26 46 156 42.0%
1972 Dave Kingman Giants 531 29 51 140 41.4%
1969 Larry Hisle Phillies 537 20 48 152 41.0%

Judge still sets the Rookie TTO record if you drop the 500 plate appearance criteria, just edging out Miguel Sano‘s 56.7% from 2015:

Season Name Team PA HR BB SO TTO
2017 Aaron Judge Yankees 678 52 127 208 57.1%
2015 Miguel Sano Twins 335 18 53 119 56.7%
1962 Dave Nicholson Orioles 202 9 27 76 55.4%
1985 Rob Deer Giants 187 8 23 71 54.5%
2016 Keon Broxton Brewers 244 9 36 88 54.5%
2014 Jon Singleton Astros 362 13 50 134 54.4%
1968 Frank Fernandez Yankees 170 7 35 50 54.1%
2014 Mike Olt Cubs 258 12 25 100 53.1%
2012 Chris Carter Athletics 260 16 39 83 53.1%
2014 Javier Baez Cubs 229 9 15 95 52.0%

In the National League, we have co-winners. The award is being split between players who each were the first men from their particular birth countries to make the Majors.

Gift Ngoepe was a 27-year-old infielder who made his debut for the Pirates on April 26th and became the first player from South Africa. He hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. His Pirates teammate Dovydas Neverauskas was a 24-year-old reliever who on April 24th became the first Lithuanian-born player to suit up in the Majors.  Neverauskas got into 24 games, hurling 25.1 innings with an ERA of 3.91.

Congrats to Judge, Ngoepe and Neverauskas!

 

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