Dominican Julio Rodríguez was named the winner of the Jackie Robinson Award for American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for its acronym in English.
The 21-year-old outfielder beat Adley Rutchsman (Orioles) and Steven Kwan (Guardians) to win the award.
Rodríguez had an exceptional season, in which he led all major league rookies in home runs (28), in wins above replacement level (WAR), in the two main metrics of this first-generation statistic, Baseball Reference (6.0). ) and Fangraphs (5.3), his OPS (.854) was also the best.
The Dominican also led all rookies in the American League in reached bases (260) and slugging percentage (.509), drove in 75 runs, scored 84 and stole 25 bases, the second most among rookies in all these categories, in addition he finished third in hits connected with 145.
What Rodríguez has achieved is not limited to the 2022 season, among great performances by first-year players, with his work this season he joined Mike Trout (Angels) as the only rookies in history to hit 25 home runs and steal 25 point guards with an OPS above .800 in his rookie season.
Seattle’s fifth player
The Dominican became just the fifth player from the Mariners to win the award and second in the last three years, joining Kyle Lewis (2020), Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Kasuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Alvin Davis (1984).
Rodríguez became the first Dominican to be selected as “Rookie of the Year” since the closer, Neftalí Feliz was named in 2010. The other criollos to obtain the distinction are Hanley Ramírez (2006), Ángel Berroa (2003), Albert Pujols (2001), Rafael Furcal (2000), Raúl Mondesí (1994) and Alfredo Griffin (1979).
Rodríguez was named as the winner of the “Silver Slugger” in the American League along with Trout and Aaron Jugde in the outfield, recognition announced last Thursday.