The National League Rookie of the Year award is gearing up to be a tight race.
The big names that people think are the favorites are: Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant, Randal Grichuk, and Matt Duffy. However, some might overlook other top candidates such as Jung-Ho Kang, Chris Heston, and Noah Syndergaard.
Now all of these rookies could make a case to win the award, but within the last two months of the season, some, if not most, of the rookies will be weeded out. Bryant and Pederson have been having phenomenal years for their respective teams. They’ve been the two favorites throughout the entire year, thanks to their jaw-dropping raw power.
Some dark-horse candidates may include Heston and Syndergaard. Heston is having an interesting campaign for the Giants. He’s an older rookie at 27 years old and wasn’t really considered a high prospect like Syndergaard. The hype started to surround him when he threw a no-hitter against the Mets back on June 9th. His journey is almost like 2014 Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom.
Syndergaard’s first few starts were not as sharp as he’s looked recently, but if he finishes the year strong, he could possibly steal the award away from Bryant and Pederson. In his last seven games, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA. He has 52 strikeouts in 50 innings issuing just 10 walks during that span. Syndergaard has the potential to become the most dominant starting pitcher in the game, and these next few months will be crucial for his development, and the Mets’ playoff run.
So as the season winds down, the chase for the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year is heating up. Can Syndergaard emerge to grab the award away from a frontrunner like Pederson or Bryant? Keep your eye on the tall right-hander with the flowing blonde locks.