A Yankee player could be named American League Rookie of the Year for the second straight season ... if they can beat out Shohei Ohtani.
Third baseman Miguel Andujar and second baseman Gleyber Torres were both named finalists for the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday.
To say each of them had a successful rookie campaign would be an understatement.
Andujar, 23, slashed .297/.328/.527 with 27 home runs, 92 RBIs and 47 doubles, a franchise rookie record.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Torres, who entered 2018 as one of the top prospects in baseball, finished with a .271/.340/.480 batting line, 24 home runs and 77 RBIs in 123 games. His 24 home runs were as many as he hit in his minor-league career from 2014 to 2018.
When Torres burst onto the scene, he hit nine homers in his first 28 games and 14 in his first 50.
But perhaps neither of them can overtake Ohtani, the 24-year-old Angels outfielder and pitcher who thrived at the plate and on the mound in his first season in the majors.
In 104 games as a batter, Ohtani recorded a .285/.361/.564 batting line with 22 home runs, 61 RBIs, 21 doubles and 10 stolen bases. In 10 starts on the mound, he went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings, making just one pitching appearance after June 6 due to a UCL injury that will require Tommy John surgery.
Should Andujar or Torres win the award over Ohtani, he would become the 10th player in franchise history to be named Rookie of the Year. Aaron Judge won Rookie of the Year in 2017 after he led the American League with 52 home runs and recorded a 1.049 OPS. Prior to him, Derek Jeter won it in 1996.
Gary Sanchez finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2016 when he hit .299 with 20 home runs and 42 RBIs in just 53 games.