AL Rookie of the Year
Taylor Cochran’s prediction: Andrew Benintendi – OF – Boston Red Sox
Entering the league last year, there was a lot of hype surrounding the 22-year old Benintendi. Now, with David Ortiz’s departure, the Red Sox are willing to give their young outfielder a spot atop the order. The former Arkansas Razorback plays strong defense and is one of the more patient hitters in baseball. He’s an extremely polished player with 20-20 potential and could easily rack up 100 runs as well. In Boston’s loaded lineup, this kid is going to run away with the ROY award.
Runner-up: Yoan Moncada – 2B – Chicago White Sox
Jason Fray’s prediction: Yoan Moncada – 2B – Chicago White Sox
Moncada is the best prospect in baseball. The Cuban has every hitting tool imaginable – whether it be power to all fields, contact efficiency, or immense hand-eye coordination. He’ll be a galvanizing force for the White Sox sooner than later. While he may start the year in the minor leagues, expect him to be a fixture within the lineup by the end of May.
Runner-up: Andrew Benintendi – OF – Boston Red Sox
Blake Hoffman’s prediction: Andrew Benintendi – OF – Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox lineup is absolutely loaded, meaning teams will have no choice but to pitch to Benintendi. The smooth-swinging lefty looked solid in 105 plate appearances last season, and should be even better with the butterflies now gone.
Runner-up: Lucas Giolito – SP – Chicago White Sox
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