O's campaign for Reimold
The Orioles public relations department has sent out a release making a case for outfielder Nolan Reimold to be the American League Rookie of the Year, based on the fact that he leads all AL rookies in batting average (.274), home runs (14), on-base percentage (.364) and slugging percentage (.461). Not bad for a guy who didn't make the Opening Day roster.
The club makes the case that over the last 25 years, only four American League players have led their rookie class in four of the five major offensive stats (RBI is the only category Reimold doesn't lead), and all four of them -- Tim Salmon, Nomar Garciaparra, Ben Grieve and Evan Longoria -- won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Trouble is, none of Reimold's actual numbers are going to jump out at voters, who probably will bypass Reimold and White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham in favor of one of the three rookie pitchers who are likely to end up with 14 or 15 wins. Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann, who is 12-5 with a 3.57 ERA and still figures to get four or five more starts, would likely win the award if the voting took place today, but Ricky Romero and Rick Porcello also have 12 wins and a chance to improve on that.
The selection already has taken place for the Orioles' top minor league awards. Brian Matusz has been named Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Brandon Waring has been named Minor League Player of the Year. You can read the particulars in Dan Connolly's story right here.