The Case for Gunnar Henderson to Be the American League Rookie of the Year

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The MLB season is coming to a close in just under a month, and the conversation for awards; a case can be made for Red Sox Rookie first baseman Triston Casas to win the American League Rookie of the Year award. Still, in most eyes, Baltimore Orioles Rookie third baseman Gunnar Henderson is the clear front-runner. 

Henderson had a slow start to the 2023 MLB season, hitting .176 over the first few games of the season. Not only was the bat a worry, but the glove as well, as Henderson, normally a shortstop, had committed three errors and third base to begin his 2023 campaign. Looking into it now, the case is quite different. Henderson has now played his 162nd major league game, equaling one full season. Over that span, Henderson is a .253 hitter with 27 homers and 88 RBI. Henderson’s full slash line throughout 128 2023 games is a .251 average with 23 homers and 70 RBI; 24 doubles and six triples, which is third in the AL, .802 OPS, .476 SLG, 50 BB, nine SB, and 117 hits which is 37th in the AL. 

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