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Monday, November 13, 2023

Carroll, Gunnar linked again as unanimous Rookies of the Year

The leadoff man and center fielder was a Seattle speedster named Corbin Carroll. The third baseman was a tall, athletic kid from small-town Alabama named Gunnar Henderson.

It was the American team at the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game. And as it turns out, it was a preview of the 2023 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year class in MLB.

When the D-backs’ Carroll and the Orioles’ Henderson were announced Monday night on MLB Network as unsurprising – and as it turns out, unanimous – winners of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America rookie honors in the American and National Leagues, it was the second time they were paired together. The first was back when they were amateur prospects in a showcase game at Wrigley Field in which Carroll’s two hits and Henderson’s two RBIs helped lead their squad to victory.

“We got to spend time together there,” Henderson said. “Being able to then take it to the big leagues and both winning Rookie of the Year is pretty special.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2023 at 11:32 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: November 14, 2023 at 04:13 PM (#6147194)
Of course no one is surprised by this result.

I'm curious about long-term outlook (with the acknowledgement that actually trying to project young guys long-term is a fool's errand).

Henderson surpassed Carroll in bWAR this year, and he's about 10 months younger. By Rfield he's good and Carroll isn't. But he also seems to have a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Any thoughts on these two kids' futures?

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