Count Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner among those who think Miguel Andujar should win the American League Rookie of the Year award over Shohei Ohtani of the Angels.
"Second year in a row we've got a homegrown kid that's a candidate for Rookie of the Year," Steinbrenner told Don La Greca during an appearance on ESPN radio. "And in my opinion, he should get it."
Andujar, 23, hit .297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and a Yankees-rookie record 47 doubles in 149 games. He was a major liability at third base, though, where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) in 1,1691 innings.
Andujar's teammate, Gleyber Torres, was the favorite for the award before fading in the second half of the season. That means Andujar's likely competition is Angels RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, who became baseball's first true two-way player since Babe Ruth.
The 24-year-old Ohtani hit .285/.361/.564 with 22 homers, 21 doubles and 10 stolen bases in 114 games.
On the mound, though he was slowed by a partially torn UCL that eventually required Tommy John surgery, Ohtani had a 3.31 ERA (3.57 FIP) and 1.16 WHIP with 63 strikeouts (10.97 per 9) in 51.2 innings (10 starts).
Andujar was worth 2.7 fWAR and 2.2 bWAR. Ohtani's fWAR as a DH was 3.8, while his fWAR as a pitcher was 1.0. His bWAR as a a DH was 2.7, while his bWAR as a pitcher was 1.2.
The winner of the Rookie of the Year award will be announced in mid-November.