If anyone knows a thing or two about young players in the game, it’s Baseball America. The site responsible for ranking farm systems and prospects recently came out with their pick for MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award, and Dodgers fans are going to like what they have to say.
Baseball America went a little bit against the grain and picked the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin to win the award. Part of their reasoning for choosing Tony was applying future value, meaning they want their pick to make sense decades from now.
In the end, we chose Dodgers righthander Tony Gonsolin as our Rookie of the Year. His combination of present performance and future outlook separated him from the field, if just barely. -Baseball America
It’s been an interesting year, to say the least for Tony Gonsolin. A positive COVID-19 test led him to arrive at Summer Camp a little late and started the season at the Dodgers alternate site. Los Angeles brought him in for some spot starts before Ross Stripling was traded to make more room for him in the rotation.
But no matter what way the Dodgers used Tony, he dominated when he got the chance to pitch. He fired off 16.2 scoreless innings to start the year and ended up ranking among the top in ERA with a 2.31 mark. He finished 13th in the NL for WAR among pitchers and tallied a 2.29 FIP, 4th best in the National League.
While Baseball America thinks he should get the award, the odds are against him. He led all NL rookie pitchers in fWAR, but Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pirates led all rookies with a 1.7 fWAR. There are also a few other guys in the conversation to consider, but Dodgers fans would obviously love to have their 3rd win in 5 years.