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Predicting the 2013 ROYs

Mike Trout has the AL locked up this year, but who's the 2013 favorite?

Updated: August 29, 2012, 10:44 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

The American League Rookie of the Year race is over. Let's say Mike Trout doesn't get another hit for the rest of the year, going 0-for-125. He'd still finish the year with a .261 batting average, 24 home runs and 40-plus stolen bases.

Now anyone predicting Mike Trout for Rookie of the Year honors would not have exactly gone out on a limb, but how many people took Todd Frazier for National League honors before the season? (For more on Frazier's breakout, check out Jerry Crasnick's feature on him.) A look at the winners of the award throughout history shows a combination of obvious choices and plenty of surprises.

So who does the crystal ball say are next year's nominees? It's a tough combination of talent and potential opportunity for playing time. Here are the big names, as well as some possible surprises in each league.

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