Houston Astros: Is Carlos Correa a Lock for AL Rookie of the Year?

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Sep 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) hits a single in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Stats from Fangraphs.

Correa has the higher offensive WAR, but Lindor has the better defensive WAR. Something I learned this offseason is that Jose Altuve’s defensive WAR was lower than the other second baseman because of the high number of defensive shifts the Astros do. This explanation could be why Correa’s defensive WAR is so low because their stats are very similar. This reasoning could explain why Lindor has the higher overall WAR, because of the vast difference between the two defensive WAR.

Advantage: Lindor

Correa should still win the award, because of his power factor at a traditionally defensive-minded position in the majors. Correa should be the first Astros ROY Award winner since 1991 when Jeff Bagwell won it. Unless he flops in the final 17 games, he has earned the honor. He is the future for the Houston Astros and MLB, can’t wait to watch the next ten years or more.

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