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.