Yesterday the Baseball Writers’ Association of America unveiled the finalists for their major annual awards. Among the candidates was Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong for the National League Rookie of the Year award.
In 108 games, Dejong hit for a .285/.325/.532 slash line, good for a 122 wRC+. The rookie popped 25 home runs and racked up 65 RBI while playing above average defensive at a premiere defensive position. For the season, DeJong accumulated 3.0 fWAR, putting him second in the National League in the category behind Dodgers Cody Bellinger at 4.0 fWAR and third in all of baseball with Aaron Judge of the Yankees leading with 8.2 fWAR.
Other notable nominations include:
National League Rookie of the Year: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers; Paul Dejong, Cardinals; Josh Bell, Pirates
National League Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
American League Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Indians; Chris Sale, Red Sox; Luis Severino, Yankees
American League Most Valuable Player: Aaron Judge, Yankees; Jose Altuve, Astros; Jose Ramirez, Indians
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