Today's player is the American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Julio Rodriguez(J-Rod) from the Dominican Republic. He is one of the young Mariners that MLB legend Ichiro Suzuki favored.
Our baseball analyst says,
"he is a well-proportioned five-tool player with strong muscle power, especially the strength of his legs which will give him effective power and speed to hit and run."
The Seattle Mariners acquired Julio Rodriguez as an international free agent in 2017 and had a sixteen-year contract with him.
The hopeful outfielder showed an excellent performance with a batting average of .412, three home runs, 8 RBIs, three stolen bases, and an OPS of .854 in 14 preseason matches to be a player eligible for Seattle's season-opening roster.
The 21-year-old new face dominated throughout this season as a regular center fielder. He marked .284, 28 homers, 75 RBIs, 25 stolen bases, and an OPS of .854, leading all rookies in home runs, OPS, Total Bases(260), and SLG(.509) and winning his first career Silver Slugger with Mike Trout and Aaron Judge in the outfielder's category.
J-Rod became the second rookie with 25+ home runs, 25+ stolen bases, and an OPS of .800+ in the same season in big league history, following Mike Trout to do so in his second rookie year and the first rookie to do so in his first season.
The Mariners' young leadoff man was selected to the 2022 All-Star roster and took part in the Home Run Derby, placing second with 81 shots.
J-Rod is the fifth Seattle player to receive the Rookie of the Year after Alvin Davis(1894), Kazuhiro Sasaki(2000), Ichiro Suzuki(2001), and Kyle Lewis(2020).