Rodriguez and Harris II are top rookies

Rodriguez and Harris II are top rookies


Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners and Michael Harris II of the Atlanta Braves were named major league baseball's rookies of the year in the American and Nationals respectively on Monday. 

Rodriguez outperformed every other freshman with 28 homers. He was second with 84 runs scored and 75 produced, and third with 145 hits. He maintained a .284 batting average and also stole 25 bases.

He also became the first freshman in history to amass 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases, edging out a certain Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as the athlete to accomplish this feat the fastest.

Rodriguez also won the Silver Stick in outfield last week.

The 21-year-old is the organization's fifth player in the Washington State to be named Rookie of the Year after Alvin Davis (1984), Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Kyle Lewis (2020).

On the ballot, he edged out Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan and Baltimore Orioles wide receiver Adley Rutschman

A bright future for Harris II and the Braves

On the side of the National, the Braves had a good chance of seeing one of their athletes be rewarded, while two of the three nominated National players were part of their team.

Harris II was finally the lucky winner, beating among others his teammate Spencer Strider, a pitcher, as well as Brendan Donovan, a St. Louis Cardinals player who can play in several positions.

The outfielder thus became the ninth representative in Braves history to win the honor and the first since Ronald Acuna Jr., who triumphed in 2018.

The 21-year-old finally played 114 games in 2022, now a .297 batting average. He hit 19 long balls and stole 20 bases, in addition to driving in 64 runs and scoring 75.