Red Sox: Andrew Benintendi among AL Rookie of the Year finalists

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Benintendi
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Benintendi /
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 18: Aaron Judge (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 18: Aaron Judge (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Aaron Judge

It is safe to say that Aaron Judge is the favorite to win the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.  After having a terrific season, he deserves this award.

Judge led the Yankees to the American League Championship Series this past season hitting .284/ .422/ .627 with an MLB rookie record 52 home runs.  He also drove in 114 runs, which was second in the American League.

Not only is Judge a favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award, but is also a strong candidate for the AL MVP.  That award is a lot closer than the Rookie of the Year Award.  The AL MVP will come down to either Judge or Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who also had a great season.

Judge was named an AL All-Star this past season and also put on a jaw-breaking performance at the Home Run Derby, hitting over four miles worth of home runs to win the event.

After the All-Star break, Judge had a bit of a slump and ended the season leading the league in strikeouts. Judge started to pick it back up towards the end of the season but didn’t get back to the type of performance he had in the first half.

Judge is pretty much a lock for the Rookie of the Year Award after having the type of season he had, but let’s take a look at the other finalists for the award.