NL Rookie of the Year Award: Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
This one is close, but for all the other reasons.
Any other season, Joc Pederson wins this in a runaway. He’s batting .243 with 20 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Pederson has made some terrific catches in the outfield as well, placing his status over the top of competitors.
Fair warning though, don’t sleep on Maikel Franco of the Phillies. The third baseman has put up some crazy numbers since arriving and could really be the sleeper to win this award at the end of the season. Unlike the AL, we have a favorite for the midway mark MLB Rookie of the Year, and go figure, it goes to another Los Angeles Dodgers player.
Second half players to watch: Maikel Franco, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Kris Bryant.