The Second Annual Walkoff Walk Dot Com Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence: Rookies of the Year

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acrylicaward.jpgWith the postseason stuck in that lull between the regular season and the playoffs, we here at Walkoff Walk thought it would be a good time to assault our readers' eyes and brains with some award posts. We proudly present The Second Annual Walkoff Walk Dot Com Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence sponsored in part by nobody because we don't get paid a damn thing to do this website. It's a labor of love.

We've split up our choices by award and stuck both leagues together because we're angry and spiteful men. We've spent minutes and minutes researching stats and whatnot to make these important decisions. Please consider our opinions and then feel free to express your own in the comment section.

anderson.jpgAmerican League Rookie of the Year

  1. Brett Anderson, A's

  2. Nolan Reimold, Orioles

  3. Elvis Andrus, Rangers

This selection was rather difficult as no AL kid put together a truly terrific season. Brett Anderson pitched really well, leading AL rookie starters in WHIP, strikeout per walk rate, home runs allowed and fancy component numbers like FIP and DIPS. Anderson fell victim to some bad luck (poor strand rates and BABIP numbers) and criminally low run support. He's the best positioned to improve on his numbers down the road while guys like RIck Porcello and Ricky Romero need to improve their control before the league figures them out.

Reimold is a good young hitter though a mediocre defender that figures to be part the Orioles drive for third in the AL East. Andrus played incredible defense at an important position though his offense lacked a bit. Quietly Matt Weiters fits into the same category though his bat really caught fire last in the season. Expect him to live up to the hype next year. Sorry Andrew Bailey, relievers on bad teams don't win exclusive WoW awards. Pitch some more innings and I'll consider your solid numbers legit.

tommyboy.jpgNational League Rookie of the Year

  1. Tommy Hanson, Braves

  2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

  3. Randy Wells, Cubs

I slurped Tommy Hanson less than a month ago and I'm completely in the tank for the big Ginger starter, so this should come as no surprise. He threw fewer innings than other NL starters but is the only one with a legit shot at becoming a great not good starter. Big frame, big arm, big whiffs, big results. Excellent breaking pitches, good control and a tiny little WHIP of 1.18. That's plenty of rationale. As an added bonus, if you turn SafeSearch Off and google Tommy Hanson you can have the rest of the afternoon off work because you've been fired.

Andrew McCutchen is really, really good and a lot of fun to watch. He is the anchor of the Official Bad Team Walkoff Walk Is Unabashedly Trying Ground Floor, playing strong centerfield while patiently hitting with power and stealing bases. In other words, he's awesome. Just like the Pirates will be in 8 short years!

Randy Wells pitched well enough in 2009 to force his way into this conversation. He doesn't strike out too many but he won't walk you either. Wells turned himself into a solid mid-rotation guy this year but I think that's about where he'll stay.

Tough cookies to complier of wins and player for excellent team J.A. Happ. He's lucky I only penalized him for his slightly fortunate season and not the goofy pronunciation of his "name." Good seasons from Dexter Fowler and Chris Coghlan fell by the wayside because neither of them could catch a cold. Casey McGehee supplied decent power and a willingness to wear whichever glove fits over his sweaty mitt but that is about it. Also, grown men named Casey are strange and disturbing. If you're in the market for a new one, I recommend Dexter, girls might think you're Jamaican and that always gets results.

(coming up next, the Cy Young Awards)

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I always knew I liked you Drew.

The Colonel, plus he has this crazy fan video

Yeah, as good as McCutchen is he isn't "burning in the outfield."

Elvis Andrus' glove is forged of magic and unicorn porn.

I won't try out that Tommy Hanson Google search. One time I punched up "Bobby Cox" and found myself in a dilly of a pickle.

Porcello put up really solid numbers while pitching with the added pressure of a pennant race. The "OMG MAINSTREAM STATS" numbers ain't too shabby at 14-9/4.04/1.34 He could cut the walks a bit, but 50BB in 165 innings for a 20 year old in his first action above Class A isn't bad at all. I think he either leads, or is among the leaders, in inducing ground ball outs in spite of all those dingers he gave up.

Also, he dropped Youk to the ground when he was charged. He gets the award for that act alone.

One of the big things that scared me off Porcello was the lack of strikeouts. Only 81 Ks in 160 innings versus those 50 walks? That is leaving a lot up to chance.

He did have a solid number and I don't mean to take anything away from him, but Brett Anderson's parts and components would look much better on a better team.

Andrew Bailey was an All-Star. That is the only stat that truly matters.