Baltimore Orioles: Three Rookie Of The Year Candidates For 2020
Will the Baltimore Orioles have another rookie contend for Rookie of the Year honors in 2020? The competition will be intense, but it’s possible.
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, or buy into a large amount of hype based on small sample sizes, but it’s November and the Baltimore Orioles are expected to be very quiet this winter, so we’re going to allow ourselves to daydream about a few young rookies looking to make in impact in 2020.
It’s been a long time since Gregg Olson won Rookie of the Year honors in 1989, but plenty of Orioles rookies have made immediate impacts in their first year in the major leagues and put together strong resumes for ROY honors.
The Orioles have had seven players named American League Rookie of the Year since 1954, with Trey Mancini finishing third in 2017 voting and John Means emerging from middling minor league pitcher to a second-place finish in 2019.
Will we see another Orioles rookie among the finalists in 2020, perhaps even take home the award? It won’t be easy, but there are a few very early contenders.
Next season should be another exciting year of big name prospects making the jump to the major leagues, so the competition for Rookie of the Year honors is likely to be intense. Just in the American League East, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Nate Pearson and Tampa Bay’s Brendan McKay are primed to become impact starters for their ballclubs and cause fits for AL East hitters.
Outfielders Luis Robert (Chicago White Sox) and Jo Adell (Los Angeles Angels) will surely slug their way through highly-anticipated rookie campaigns, while a slew of other pitchers, including Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers), Jesus Luzardo (Oakland Athletics), and Forrest Whitley (Houston Astros) all bring hope for a bright future when it comes to major league starting pitching .
And these names are just the tip of the iceberg who represent the American League. What about the Baltimore Orioles?
Here are three Orioles to keep an eye on in the race for the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year award.