As promised I will name my choices for midseason awards. I will start with the Rookie of the (Half) Year for each league.
American League’s Troll League Midseason Rookie of the (1/2) Year Award goes to Detroit Tigers right handed starting pitcher Rick Porcello. Porcello, who stands 6’5” has made 16 starts for the Division leading Tigers this year. He is 8-6 with a 4.14 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 87 innings.
First honorable mention goes to 24-year-old left handed pitcher Ricky Romero. The young starter for the Toronto Blue Jays is 6-3 with a 2.85 in 11 starts for the Jays this year. He has 61 Ks in 72 innings of work so far this year. His stuff is awing, had he had a few more successful starts, the award would likely have been his.
The 3rd mention of honor in the AL is Elvis Andrus, a 20-year-old slick fielding shortstop for the Texas Rangers. He is hitting .269 with 3 homers and 15 RBIs while stealing 16 bases so far this year. He has proven himself in the field, teaming with Ian Kinsler to create a formidable double play combination.
On the National League side,
The National Troll League Midseason Rookie of the (1/2) Year award goes to the Milwaukee Brewers 26-year-old 3rd baseman, Casey McGehee. He has hit .343 with 6 home runs and 27 RBIs so far this year. The right handed hitting McGehee boasts a .396 OBP and a .567 SLG Percentage. He has also hit 10 doubles in the 46 games he has played this year.
Honorable mention goes out to Atlanta Braves starter Tommy Hanson. Although he has only 6 starts so far, he has gone 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA, he has 23 Ks in 36 innings pitched. He had a scoreless inning streak of 26 going until Adam Dunn hit a solo shot off of the rookie, it was Dunn’s 300th of his career. Hanson would be the leading candidate for the actual postseason Rookie of the Year if he can keep it up. With only 6 games under his belt, it is still too early to tell and far too early to start dishing out awards. Up next will be the Comeback Player of the Year for each league as well as the MVP and Cy Young awards.
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