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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Who is the 2011 Dodger Rookie of the Year?



Jeff RobersonNathan Eovaldi

It's early, I know, to be asking the question of who the Dodgers' top rookie of 2011 is. But Nathan Eovaldi's fourth consecutive Start of Decency – if not heroic, at least decidedly upright – had me thinking again about how many different rookies had contributed to what limited success this Dodger team has had.

Just to take Monday's game as an example, Dodger rookies pitched eight of the nine innings, allowing a total of one run.

If you were picking now, who would be the 2011 Dodger Rookie of the Year?

The definition of a rookie is no more than 130 at bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club (not counting time after rosters expand September 1) before the current season. Here's how I might rank them:
  1. Rubby De La Rosa, P: 60 2/3 innings, 3.71 ERA, 8.90 K/9, 1.40 WHIP
  2. Javy Guerra, P: 31 2/3 innings, 2.27 ERA, 7.11 K/9, 1.20 WHIP
  3. Kenley Jansen, P: 37 innings, 3.65 ERA, 14.84 K/9, 1.19 WHIP
  4. Nathan Eovaldi, P: 22 innings, 2.05 ERA, 5.73 K/9, 1.18 WHIP
  5. Scott Elbert, P: 25 innings, 2.88 ERA, 8.64 K/9, 1.00 WHIP
  6. Josh Lindblom, P: 19 2/3 innings, 2.29 ERA, 5.95 K/9, 0.97 WHIP
  7. Dee Gordon, SS: 114 plate appearances, .248 on-base percentage, .270 slugging percentage, 12-for-15 stealing
  8. Jerry Sands, OF-1B: 144 plate appearances, .294 on-base percentage, .328 slugging percentage, 10 doubles
  9. Trent Oeltjen, OF: 65 plate appearances, .387 on-base percentage, .438 slugging percentage, 11 walks
  10. A.J. Ellis, C: 56 plate appearances, .364 on-base percentage, .222 slugging percentage, nine walks
  11. Justin Sellers, SS: 39 plate appearances, .282 on-base percentage, .361 slugging percentage
  12. Russ Mitchell, IF: 31 plate appearances, .258 on-base percentage, .269 slugging percentage, one memorable home run
  13. Ivan DeJesus Jr., IF: 35 plate appearances, .235 on-base percentage, .188 slugging percentage

Some comments:
What do you all think?