It certainly has been a rough first week for the crew. Two outs, runners on, extra innings, down by one run, and our bench is so thin we had Kyle Lohse batting in a key situation. Let's look ahead to the guys who could be a candidate for Rookie of the Year....
These guys could be eligible for Rookie of the Year provided they stay with the club and play well:
Khris Davis: ML Debut This Year.
Logan Schafer: Never played before September Callups Before.
Josh Prince: ML Debut This Year.
Wily Peralta- Not called up till after Sept last year. Does not have Innings Threshold Beat.
Alfredo Figaro- This one surprised me a bit, but he has less than 50 innings pitched in the majors, and when he played with Detroit, he did not accumulate more than 45 days roster time. His callups were 6-20-09 to 6-29-09 (10 days) and 5-12-10 to 5-14-10 (3 days) and then again from 8-20-10 to September, when it doesn't count. (12 days total.) Altogether he has 35 days on a ML roster before the expansion time so he is indeed eligible for ROY. Let's be honest though, relief pitchers are not "sexy" and they hardly ever win the ROY award.
Jim Henderson- Only accumulated 37 days on the roster last year before Sept 1st and has still thrown less than 50 ML innings.
Brandon Kintzler- He has not thrown 50 big league innings yet either. In 2011, he was on the roster from opening day to 4-6 (7 days) and again from 4-11 to 5-5 (25 days.) In both 2010 and 2012 he did not count against the roster limit with callups in September.
Other Guys Who Didn't Make the Cut:
Segura burnt his rookie year last year with 151 at bats, one over the limit.
Maldonado burnt his rookie year last year with too many at bats.
Taylor Green only has 140 abs in the big leagues which you would think make him still eligible, but he spent way too much time on the Brewers roster last year before Sept 1st. In 2011 he was only on the roster from 8-27 to September, but in 2012 he was on the team from 5-6 till 7-9, more than the 45 day limit. He burned his rookie year.
Despite his injuries, Mat Gamel has exceeded his at bat limit.
Here is the official ruling on what makes a guy eligible to still be considered a rookie:
Determining rookie status:
A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list).