8AL Rookie of the Year: Shohei Ohtani, starting pitcher/designated hitter, Los Angeles Angels
Ohtani holds two significant advantages here. One is the distinct possibility that the two other contenders — New York Yankees teammates Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres — split votes. Secondly, he made a significant impact as both a hitter and a pitcher. We haven’t seen a player impact the game that way since the days of Babe Ruth. Even then it was pretty rare. Ohtani’s drawback is that he did miss a fair amount of time. That could hurt him in the eyes of some voters. But in the end, we expect him to have an edge on the New York teammates.