The National League and American Rookie of the Year Awards will be named shortly. It hasn’t been a busy day in Mets history as they’ve only had four winners: Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Doc Gooden (1984).
The award is just a reminder of how dry the Mets farm system has been. Barring injury, the only farm products the Mets know will be in their 2010 starting lineup is David Wright and Jose Reyes (the latter is coming off surgery).
Further rubbing it in, is that two of the three finalists, and the likely winner, will come within the NL East, that being Florida outfielder Chris Coghlan and Atlanta pitcher Tommy Hanson.
Coghlan, the favorite, led major league rookies in batting, on-base percentage, hits and doubles. He was sixth in the NL in hitting at .321. If Coghlan wins, he will be the Marlins third Rookie of the Year in the last six years, joining Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Hanley Ramirez (2006).
Because I favor pitching, I would have chosen Hanson at 11-4, and led major league rookie starters in ERA (2.89), WHIP, batting average against (.225) and strikeouts per nine IP (8.18).
The third finalist is Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutcheon.
The American League finalists are Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, considered the favorite, Oakland reliever Andrew Bailey and Tigers starter Rick Porcello.