National League Rookie of the Year rankings

Mike Soroka has been Atlanta’s best starter this season. [Image Source: Flickr | Andy Grosh]
Mike Soroka has been Atlanta’s best starter this season. [Image Source: Flickr | Andy Grosh]

Pete Alonso, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Mike Soroka are in the midst of incredible rookie seasons.

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After looking at the American League Rookie of the Year race, let’s move on to the Senior Circuit.

Pete Alonso of the Mets has received the most headlines in this group especially after he won the Home Run Derby. According to Mets Merized, he is just one homer shy of tying Cody Bellinger’s NL rookie record and just three shy of the team’s single-season record held by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

There is a lot of depth in this year’s rookie class in the National League which made it hard to limit to just 10 players. Apologies go to Austin Riley, Nick Senzel, Mike Yastrzemski, Cal Quantrill, Zac Gallen, Jacob Webb, and even Aristides Aquino (what an incredible start to his career).

Here are the current NL Rookie of the Year rankings through games played on August 11. Remember this is not a prediction of where I believe they will finish in voting, but rather how I would place them if voting were to take place today.

1

Pete Alonso, 1B - Mets

With 38 dingers, Alonso will need 15 homers in the Mets last 44 games to surpass Aaron Judge’s single-season rookie home run record of 52. He sits just one behind Mike Trout and Christian Yelich for the MLB lead.

2

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS - Padres

Had he not missed over a month of action earlier in the season, Tatis Jr. could easily be atop this list. His impressive numbers even with the missed time include a .320 batting average, .983 OPS, 22 homers, and 16 stolen bases.

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