The Baseball Writers Association of America announced this evening that Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is among the three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year award. The other two finalists are Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong. Of the three, deGrom should be considered the favorite for the award.
In 140.1 innings over 22 starts, deGrom had a 2.69 ERA and 2.67 FIP. Among National League starting pitchers who threw at least 100 innings this year, deGrom ranked 10th in ERA and 4th in FIP. Only four National League rookies threw 100 innings, and none came close to deGrom's numbers.
Hamilton is best known for his speed and defense. He stole 56 bases this year but was caught 23 times, just a 70.8 percent rate of success. While his glove rated very highly, he hit just .250/.292/.355 with a 79 wRC+ for the season.
Wong was decent for the Cardinals in the regular season, as he hit 12 home runs in 433 plate appearances. But he hit .249/.292/.388 with a 90 wRC+, which wasn't awful but didn't put him among the best hitters at the position.
The winner of the award will be announced on Monday.