Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez named best rookie in American League by peers

Nov 4, 2022, 3:48 PM | Updated: 3:50 pm

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Julio Rodriguez smiles after hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers at T-Mobile Park on July 27, 2022. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

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The players have had their say and in their eyes, Julio Rodríguez turned in the top performance by an American League rookie in 2022.

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The 21-year-old was announced as a Players Choice Award winner Friday, besting Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman and Kansas City Royals infielder Bobby Witt Jr. for American League Outstanding Rookie as voted on by his peers.

Rodriguez led all rookies in home runs (28), total bases (260), slugging percentage (.509), OPS (.853), and wRC+ (146). With 28 home runs and 25 stolen bases the Mariner centerfielder joined Chris Young (2007) and Mike Trout (2012) as the third rookie to put up a 25/25 season.

For his efforts this season Rodríguez has picked up a number of Rookie of the Year honors by publications including Baseball America and the Sporting News. He was also a finalist for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

The “official” MLB award, the BBWAA Rookie of the Year honor, has yet to be announced. Should Rodríguez win, under the new CBA he will receive $750,000 from the new bonus pool set aside for club control players and the Mariners will be awarded an extra 2023 draft pick following the end of the first round.

Finalists will be revealed Nov. 7 with the winners announced on an hour-long show Nov. 14 on the MLB Network.

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