Continuing with the Rookie of the Year candidates, I dive into what the National League has to offer. The format is the same: analyzing each player's power and contact numbers, their success rate to get on base, as well as what skill-sets they provide to their team. 

Dodgers’ Corey Seager. 

As a team, the Dodgers are at the bottom of the barrel in baseball’s three most common hitting categories: AVG, OBP, and OPS.

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However, starting shortstop Cory Seager has proved to be the exception, leading the team with 88 hits, as well as carrying a .297 AVG, .354 OBP, and .881 OPS. Seager’s instituted a jolt of power into the otherwise weak contact hitting Dodgers’ lineup. In 325 PA’s, which is the most out of any rookie in baseball, Seager has also accounted for 16 homers, 18 doubles, and 38 RBIs. No other rookie in the MLB has a better WAR (3.4), wOBA (.372) and wRC+ (138) in at least 200 plate appearances than Seager.

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Seager may have slightly lower hitting numbers than compared to other rookies, but one advantage he has over the rest of the competition is his high sample size. That goes a long way in determining who is the best candidate.

Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz.

Continuing with shortstops, St. Louis has groomed one of their own into a top 10 hitter as far as average is concerned across the NL, hitting .305. Diaz is somewhat of an older rookie at 25, however, he’s performed at incredible levels so far this season, being third on the team in on-base percentage at .365.

Diaz’ patience at the plate has also factored in how manager Mike Matheny constructs his lineup. His extremely low K% of 12.1 is more inclined to a lead-off hitter, instead, Matheny values hit power too with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. In a case like this, Diaz has supplied the best of both worlds as the eighth hitter in St. Louis’ batting order. 

Rockies’ Trevor Story.

If you can recollect back to the first month of the season, Trevor Story was a HR machine churning out 10 big flies in Colorado’s first 22 games.

Of course, you’d expect the law of averages to even those numbers out to a certain degree and from May and June it has. Story’s seen a steep drop-off in average hitting .266 and getting on-base only 32 percent of the time. Actually, the biggest decline for Story hasn’t been power, it’s been his discipline at the plate. Through 71 games, Story has a 33% strikeout-rate, way too high for being in the middle the lineup.

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Even with his recent struggles, Story still carries a .577 slugging percentage and .280 ISO average, both best for all rookies in National League

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