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Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin Cracks MLB’s Hottest Rookies List, Dustin May Snubbed

MLB might be missing out on Dustin May.



The Dodgers have a deep history of winning Rookie of the Year awards across National League history. In fact, they have had 18 guys take home the honors since the league started handing out the award in 1947.

This year, the Dodgers had several guys going into the season that experts felt could once again compete for the award. One of those guys was Tony Gonsolin, who’s rookie status is intact through 2020. MLB ranked the hottest rookies in the league right now, and Goose made the list. Here’s more from MLB.com on Gonsolin being ranked 10th

A bit under-appreciated at times among the Dodgers’ deep stable of young pitchers, Gonsolin has been incredibly good this season, though he’s yet to collect a win for his efforts. It was more of the same on Saturday, when the right-hander went six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking none and striking out eight. 

Gonsolin has pitched to the tune of a 0.76 earned run average and has really helped to stabilize the back half of the Dodgers’ starting rotation. He has also struck out batters at a rate of 9.5 per 9 innings and walked less than 2 per 9 innings. 

Dodgers Rookie Snubbed?

As nice as it was to have Tony Gonsolin rightfully on the list, one Dodgers player was noticeably left off. Dustin May appears to have all of the numbers to be one of the best rookies in the NL, but a deeper dive might reveal otherwise. His xFIP of 4.13 ranks as the 40th best among qualified rookies in all of baseball. His whiff percentage and his strikeout percentage are both near the bottom 20 percent of the league, probably due to the lack of pitch mix early on. 

May has thrown some version of his fastball nearly 80 percent of the time during 2020. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. It doesn’t matter who makes what list. All that matters is a world series championship. May and Gonsolin have proven themselves, and are both ahead of Urias who should go to the bullpen in the postseason, where he has done well. Just has the 1 and 2 spots should not be set between Kershaw and Buehler, 3 and 4 should not be set between May and Gonsolin. It took a long time for Roberts just to figure out that Gonsolin should be in the rotation. So here’s what you do: Let performance sort things out, but potentially let May and Gonsolin share the 3 spot in alternating fashion in postseason, since you may never get to the 4 starter. Somebody could falter or get injured, but at this point it seems pretty clear.

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