July 19, 2013 09:38
Ryu Hyun-jin has been rated as the Los Angeles Dodgers' best rookie this season by MLB.com.
Ken Gurnick, who covers the Dodgers' beat, wrote an article for the official website of U.S. Major League Baseball on Wednesday under the headline and prediction, "Player health at forefront, LA could overtake NL West." In it, he looked back at the players' performances over the first half, and named those who deserved the MVP, Cy Young, rookie, and top reliever awards based on their contributions so far.
Ryu has been a consistent starter for the club since the beginning of the season, clocking seven wins and three losses with a 3.09 ERA at the halfway mark.
Teammate Yasiel Puig has also proven himself a hot rookie in the 38 games he has featured in with eight homeruns, 19 RBIs, and a batting average of 0.391. However, Puig only made his Major League debut on June 4 as he started the season in the minors, this giving Ryu the edge. Gurnick thus picked Ryu with the qualifier, "apologies to Puig, [but] April and May do count."
Adrian Gonzalez, who remained consistent throughout the first half of the season with 14 homeruns, 59 RBIs and a batting average of 0.297, was named the most deserving MVP, and Clayton Kershaw its top Cy Young contender with eight wins, six losses and a 1.98 ERA. Kenley Jansen, who posted three wins, three losses and a 2.33 ERA, was chosen as the top reliever.
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