Here is the second award the Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes on…the Willie Mays Award for Top Rookie.
Russ: Here are some candidates from the American League:
Michael Pineda – I started looking at Pineda, of the Seattle Mariners. Remembering that a Mariner won the Cy Young last year, Pineda was 9-10 this season with a 3.74 ERA while starting 28 games. He struck out more than one batter per inning and had a very respectable WHIP of 1.099. Since I know you like WAR, his value was 2.8 and he made the all-star team in his first season. In his case, the whole is greater than the numbers.
Jeremy Hellickson – Pitching in the Al East is probably a little harder than the AL West. Hellickson had a better record than Pineda at 13-10, and his ERA was lower at 2.95. His WHIP was a 1.153 with a WAR of 4.2. He had two complete games in 29 starts and had one shutout. He walked only 72 batters all season and has a strange statistic in that only 2 non-earned runs scored against him this yea...