Predicting the 2022 MLB award winners

Oct 4, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) walks in the dugout after being taken out in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) walks in the dugout after being taken out in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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American League Rookie of the Year – Julio Rodriguez

Rodriguez is not just going to win the AL Rookie of the Year award – he should receive plenty of votes in the MVP ballot as well.

He has already had a historic season. Rodriguez is one of 13 players in MLB history to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases as a rookie while his overall production placed him amongst some of the greatest players the game had ever seen. He produced a 147 OPS+ with 28 homers and 25 doubles in his 560 plate appearances, stealing 28 bases.

And he is only getting started. The Mariners already locked Rodriguez up to what could be a 20 year deal worth upwards of $450 million. It is possible that he could be their next superstar, his Rookie of the Year award the first accolade in a storied career.

*apologies to Adley Rutschman, Bobby Witt Jr.

National League Rookie of the Year – Michael Harris II

The Braves not only churn out amazing prospects seemingly every year, but they also lock their players up. Harris is just the latest on both.

Despite not making his MLB debut until May 28, Harris made up for lost time quickly. He posted a .297/.339/.514 batting line in his 441 plate appearances, hitting 19 homers and 27 doubles while stealing 20 bases. Harris saved eight runs in the outfield and became a key piece in stabilizing the lineup.

It is not a surprise that the Braves already locked him up to a long term deal. He received an eight year, $72 million extension with two team options. That deal is going to be an even bigger bargain as time goes on, especially as this Rookie of the Year award is just the start to what should be an illustrious career.

*apologies to Spencer Strider