A Diamondback Will Not Win Rookie of the Year
By Thomas Lynch
Ender Inciarte has had a fine first season. However, it will not result in a Rookie of the Year award. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
At the beginning of September, I wrote that David Peralta should win the National League Rookie of the Year. Of course, starting three days later, he missed two weeks because of a back issue. Such is the 2014 season of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ender Inciarte would also be a viable candidate to win the award as he continues to get better as the season goes along. However, neither man will be able to claim this coveted award.
Right now, it is Jacob deGrom‘s to lose.
Perhaps if Peralta did not miss 12 games this month and instead continued hitting since the day he was called up this would be a closer race. Maybe if Inciarte played in May, June and July as he is now he would warrant more consideration. De Grom has been excellent since his first start on May 15th and has been downright dominant lately. He has made four starts in September, throwing a total of 27 innings. He has allowed four earned runs on 17 hits, walking six and striking out 38. In his last two starts, deGrom has posted strikeout totals of 13 and 10. For the season, he is 9-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 22 starts. If the Mets had any kind of offense early on, de Grom would easily have 12 or 13 wins and this wouldn’t even be a debate.
This is not a slight against the abilities of Peralta and Inciarte. Both men have been shining stars in a dismal season. They were given opportunities under trying circumstances for the team and made the most of them. However, is either player the top rookie in the National League? Unfortunately, the answer is no.