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Tyler Naquin wins second consecutive AL Rookie of the Month award

<3 Baequin <3

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It has been a pretty dreadful month for the Cleveland Indians baseball, but at least one player is not making me regret all of my life decisions: Tyler Naquin. The 25-year-old rookie sensation was named the American League Rookie of the Month for the second time in a row, the first Indians rookie to do so since the monthly honor began in 2001.

Forget even just comparing Naquin to rookies in July. Among all qualified American League batters, Naquin was first in wRC+ (192), sixth in batting average (.348), fourth in on-base percentage (.416), first in slugging percentage (.681), he was tied for third in home runs (6), and he had the 23rd-highest walk rate at 10 percent.

Naquin also looks to have the inside track to the American League's Rookie of the Year award as well, despite the Indians pitchers doing their best to hand it to Max Kepler over the past few days. He leads all qualified rookies by a wide margin in just about everything. Here's where he ranks among leading categories, along with how far away the next closest player is in those same categories:

  • wRC+: 174 (-37)
  • fWAR: 2.8 (-1.0)
  • SLG: .626 (.066)

Just to dig a little deeper, Naquin is obviously benefitting from a degree of luck this season. He has always been a high-BABIP hitter, but nearly half of the balls he is hitting are landing somewhere in play; I'm guessing he cannot do that over a 20-year career. However, he is spraying the ball everywhere and few of hits are cheap shots.

Source: FanGraphs

All but two of his home runs have been pulled, but his line drives are evenly distributed all over the field. His contact rates show a guy killing the ball as well: 41.1 percent of his contact has been classified as hard by FanGraphs, with 39 percent medium and just 19.9 percent soft. For comparison, 40.7 percent of Mike Napoli's hits have been deemed hard contact. This is a real thing that exists in real life 2016.

This has been an awful week and a pretty bad month to be an Indians fan, but it'll get better. In the meantime, enjoy watching Tyler avenge Francisco Lindor's AL ROY loss last season.