Yesterday I did the awards for the worst in baseball, but since rookies get an award, then I have to give them an award too. So without further ado, here are my picks for worst rookie hitters and pitchers this season:
Worst AL Rookie Hitter (The Luis Medina Award):
Hank Conger – Hank has been a major player in the world of AL prospects for years now, after injuries and set backs he was given the catching job on a silver platter. It’s not that he was some kind of world beater in the minors, but I don’t think anyone expected a 0.209/6/19 seasons out of him. He was a 0.300 hitter in the minors and he just can’t hit major league pitching.
Worst NL Rookie Hitter (The Jim Lindeman Award):
Brandon Belt – It’s actually not his fault, he should not have been rushed to the majors. After a stellar minor league season in 2010 where he progressed from A+ all the way to AAA, he was brought in to be a power presence in a lineup that really needed it. Unfortunately he pulled a 0.225/9/18 in a third of a season, then got send back to the minors. Can he rebound next season? Not sure, but hope he can.
Now for the pitchers:
The AL Worst Rookie Pitcher Award (The Eric Bell Award)
Kyle Drabek – Drabek was supposed to offer some stability to a young rotation, he was acquired during the Roy Halladay trade and he was supposed to be the ace of the staff. He promptly went out and took a dump on the Rogers Centre mound to the tune of 4-5 record, 6.05 ERA and 87 hits not to mention 55 walks in 79 innings. Not quite ace status.
The AL Worst Rookie Pitcher Award (The Dave Shipanoff Award)
Jordan Lyles – Actually this was the easiest choice of all four. He was by far away the worst “regular” rookie pitcher of the bunch. A steaming pile of a 2-8 record, coupled with an ERA at 5.36 makes his season the worst of all NL rookies. True he pitches for a bad team in Houston, but really his numbers speak for themselves, anythime you are giving up hits at a 0.286 clip, you are a hitter’s best friend.
OK who did I leave out? Got any crap rookies?