Boston Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi and his case for Rookie of the Year
Aaron Judge this, Aaron Judge that. The New York Yankees slugger has taken the baseball world by storm this season. Judge has batted .313 up until this point and has crushed 30 home runs while winning the home run derby title.
Judge currently leads all MLB rookies in hits, home runs, RBIs, and ranks towards the top in every category. He is at the point where he could be both the rookie of the year and the MVP. But there is a dark horse in the field, and that is Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi leads all rookies with 320 plate appearances and is batting .275 this season with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs. Benny ranks 3rd in hits, 4th in home runs, 2nd for RBIs, and 5th for AVG among eligible AL Rookies.
In fact, if you look at all the rankings, the 23-year-old budding super star has no shot at winning the Rookie of the Year. But here is the difference maker. Benintendi is playing for a first place team. He is an important player on a team that has a chance to win a World Series.
Judge and New York are right there behind Boston, but their chances of winning it all are not high according to SportsBetting.ag. In fact, there really is only one other AL rookie that has a real shot at winning a title this season. And that is Houston Astros 1B Yuli Gurriel. Gurriel is batting .298 this season with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs for the best team in the American League.
For Benintendi, this season has had ups and downs, lows have been low, and the highs have been high. Ultimately his chances of winning ROY are slim, but at the end, he is still in the running. A Boston Red Sox player hasn’t won the award since Dustin Pedroia in 2007, before that Nomar Garciaparra.