MLB:See the Ball ,play the ball read the latest review on the current rookies of the year

It’s a long season, and things can change in a hurry. That baseball truism has doled out reminders many times already in 2024, and our latest Rookie of the Year poll is yet another example.

At the season’s halfway point, a panel of 39 experts has identified clear front-runners in both rookie races, with one leader going from a distant third in our last poll to an overwhelming favorite now. That’s not to say other rookies haven’t made strong cases, just that they might have a tough hill to climb in the second half to capture the hardware at the end of the year. Then again, see the first sentence.

Rookies received vote points on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale — five points for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on. Here are the results.


. Luis Gil, Yankees (25 first-place votes)

Gil maintains a tight grip on the top spot in our poll, as he continues to give the Yankees a much-needed boost in their formerly Gerrit Cole-less rotation. The 26-year-old leads the team in strikeouts (99) and ERA (3.15), and is tied for the lead in wins (nine).

. Mason Miller, A’s (five first-place votes)

Oakland’s flame-throwing righty continues to be one of the most exciting and dominant pitchers in baseball. He leads all AL relievers in strikeouts (64), strikeout percentage (47.1), K/9 (15.7), fWAR (1.6) and batting average against (.132), and has racked up 14 saves in 16 opportunities for the A’s while pitching to a sparkling 1.96 ERA.

Colton Cowser, Orioles (eight first-place votes)

After hitting to a 1.004 OPS through April, Cowser’s bat has cooled significantly. Still, he’s shown more than enough talent to keep him in the Rookie of the Year discussion.

Cowser’s 12 homers and 116 OPS+ are plenty strong for a rookie, despite his low average (.223) and high number of strikeouts (77). But when he makes contact, he consistently hits the ball hard

 Wilyer Abreu, Red Sox

Abreu spent the bulk of June on the IL with an ankle injury, but his production during the first two months of the season was certainly noteworthy, as evidenced by his .829 OPS before the injury.

 Wyatt Langford, Rangers (one first-place vote)

An IL stint in May has limited Langford to just 60 games in 2024, but he’s shown flashes of why he was the Rangers’ No. 1 prospect coming into the season. Since returning from the IL on May 28, Langford has hit .299 with an .849 OPS, punctuated by his first cycle on Sunday night in Baltimore.


Skenes and his consistent triple-digit fastball, devastating split finger and unique “splinker” came with the kind of hype that can be hard for players to live up to. But Skenes has matched the hype so far. His average 99.2 mph fastball velocity is in baseball’s 99th percentile and his 34.1 percent strikeout rate is also among MLB’s best. He’s 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA in nine starts for the Pirates and has 70 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. In other words, he’s everything the Pirates – and baseball fans – hoped he’d be.

2. Jackson Merrill, Padres (two first-place votes)

Merrill has had an excellent rookie campaign. He leads all qualified NL rookies in average (.294), home runs (12), slugging percentage (.464) and RBIs (42), and ranks third in OPS (.792). And if his expected stats are to be believed, he might get even better.


3. Shota Imanaga, Cubs (two first-place votes)

Also noteworthy: His 24.1 percent strikeout rate is still above league average, despite his famously “slow” (but effective) 92 mph fastball. One big reason is because he gets batters to chase outside the zone: His 35.1 percent chase rate is in baseball’s 95th percentile. Despite some recent bumps, Imanaga remains a pitcher just about any team would take in its rotation.

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4. Joey Ortiz, Brewers (three first-place votes)

Ortiz hasn’t gotten much fanfare in discussions of this year’s rookie talent, but he’s been putting together a great season for the first-place Brewers. His .835 OPS leads all MLB qualified rookies, as does his .380 on-base percentage.

He’s also second among MLB rookies in walks (35), giving evidence of an elite eye in the box. He doesn’t chase or whiff that much, either. Ortiz is also a strong defender who can play multiple infield positions, and he’s among the infield leaders in Runs Prevented and Outs Above Average. So pay more attention to Joey Ortiz, is what we’re saying.

5. Gavin Stone, Dodgers

In a Dodgers rotation that’s been full of health questions for most of the season, Stone has emerged as a saving grace. Through 15 starts, his 2.73 ERA is tops on the team and Los Angeles has won in 10 of his past 11 starts.every outing, Stone keeps getting outs and helping the Dodgers win, which is about all you can ask of a pitcher.

Others receiving votes: Jared Jones (Pirates), Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Dodgers), Masyn Winn (Cardinals), Michael Busch (Cubs), Bryan Hudson (Brewers), Jackson Chourio (Brewers)