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Astros Season Preview: Predicting Top Award Candidates

Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after making a defensive play during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Francis Martes (79) throws against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

AL Rookie of the Year — Francis Martes

Bregman and Joe Musgrove would be easy choices if not for the fact that they exhausted their rookie statuses last season. A.J. Reed exhausted his rookie status last year as well. That leaves Francis Martes as the clear choice.

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Martes’ chances here depend on how quickly he gets to the majors. If he gets called up no later than early June, he’s got a good shot to merit consideration. With his talent, he certainly has the ability to take the league by storm when he gets here.

***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***

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