In our previous post, Christina put forth a strong argument as to why she was against Gary Sanchez winning the AL Rookie Of The Year Award. It was easy to agree with her.
Until last night.
With his 3-4, 5 RBI performance, Sanchez legitimized his candidacy for the award, becoming the fastest player in MLB history to hit 19 career HRs (45 games).
Along with those 19 HRs, Sanchez is hitting .337 on the season, with 38 RBIs. As far as I'm concerned, it's hard not to be convinced he doesn't deserve the award, especially when you consider the following:
Willie McCovey: Won the 1959 NL ROY, after playing in only 52 games. He hit .354, belted 13 HRs and drove in 38 runs.
Tyler Naquin: For the Cleveland Indians this year, he is hitting .300, with 14 HRs and 42 RBIs.
Nomar Mazzaro: For the Texas Rangers this year, he is hitting .273, with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs.
Michael Fulmer: In the first half of this season, outstanding on the mound for the Tigers. The second half, not so much.
So, we have precedent with McCovey and, with the other AL ROY candidates this year (forgive me if I have forgotten anyone), we have Sanchez holding his own against them.
Everything about this kid's game is superior, on both sides of the ball. Everything, especially his ability to adjust in the batter's box. Just think about how he turned an intentional walk into a sacrifice fly!
There are 11 (regular season) games left for the Yankees. Unless he completely falls apart down this stretch, the award, in my opinion should be his.