Rookie of the Year – Austin Slater
In a season of no hope, Austin Slater has provided some hope for the future. Since being called up at the beginning of June, he’s hitting .290 in 100 at-bats with 3 home runs, 13 runs scored and 13 RBI.
He had the fourth most hits on the San Francisco Giants in the month of June. He’s gotten off to a slow start in July, but hopefully that will pick up.
The San Francisco Giants have been looking for someone to take over in left field, and Slater has looked like that player for a little over a month.
The 24-year-old was an eighth round pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2014. He hit .308 in 1,140 minor league at-bats with 27 home runs and 165 RBI.
They only other player giving Slater a run for his money for Rookie of the Year right now is Ty Blach. For a while Blach was statistically the best starting pitcher in the San Francisco Giants rotation.
He finished the first half with a couple of quality starts, but had a rough month of June. Blach is 6-5 with 9 quality starts in 14 starts. He also made seven relief appearances before being inserted into the starting rotation when Madison Bumgarner got injured.
I think, and hope, that we will have several other Rookie of the Year candidates for the San Francisco Giants during the second half of the season.