MLB Awards Watch: Top 5 AL Rookie of the Year candidates through April

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Apr 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With the exception of one or two players, it was a relatively quiet first month on the American League rookie front. Evaluating first-year players this early is often more about highlighting potential than taking current statistics at face-value. Some of the names who might become larger factors in this race in the months to come have either just barely started (Carlos Rodon) or are waiting for a call-up (Rusney Castillo).
A lot can change between now and October, but here are five AL rookies who tasted big league action in April and may have a chance to earn the honor at season’s end.

Those gunning for the award have a tough act to follow in reigning winner Jose Abreu, who hit .317 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI last season.

Honorable mention: TB Tim Beckham (.255, 3 HR, 10 RBI)

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