AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees
Despite not even being ensured a starting spot in right field at the start of spring training, Judge put up a mammoth rookie season. He led all of MLB with 8.2 WAR, raked to the tune of 52 dingers, a .430 wOBA, and a 173 wRC+. That, along with his plus defense makes this an easy choice. Despite Red Sox fans’ delusions of grandeur, it is not close. Judge is the AL MVP, and it should unanimous.
NL Rookie of the Year: Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers
Bellinger’s powerful bat, plus baserunning, and defensive versatility proved immensely valuable for, arguably, the best club in baseball this past season. He put up a 138 wRC+, and 4.0 WAR, exceptional numbers, especially for a rookie. Bellinger is sure to be a force in Chavez Ravine for years to come.