It has not been such a great year for most Seattle Mariners prospects thus far. Taylor Trammell and Jarred Kelenic have struggled to adjust to big-league pitching and clearly need more work. But, Logan Gilbert has been able to adapt and looks like a seasoned MLB pitcher already.
The Stetson product currently holds a 4-2 record and a 3.50 ERA across 11 starts. The Seattle Mariners rookie continues to trend in the right direction and who knows how low his ERA could get?
Does Seattle Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert have a chance to win the American League Rookie of the Year?
At the beginning of the season, all eyes were on Jarred Kelenic and Randy Arozarena for the AL ROY. Now, things have changed quite a bit. I think most people are pointing their fingers at Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers. A bit of a late bloomer but that doesn’t matter when you are absolutely smashing baseballs.
Garcia currently owns a .263 batting average, has hit 22 home runs, driven in 62 runs, stolen eight bases, and owns a .817 OPS.
The 28-year-old outfielder is leading the AL Rookie of the Year race right now, but baseball is a funny game. Anything can happen. Logan Gilbert does have a ways to go to catch up to Garcia but the second half of the season can have a huge impact.
Kyle Lewis is a good example of that. If it were a longer season, Lewis might not have the ROY (sad to say). He had a tremendous start to 2020 but quickly began to taper off. Garcia had a crazy May and since then, he has been solid but not amazing.
What do Logan Gilbert’s stats look like right now?
Considering how he got off to a slow start, his numbers are amazing. Right now, his ERA is 3.50, WHIP is 0.98, and he has struck out 62 batters in 54 innings. Pretty impressive to say the least, and I think he is only going to get better.
In May, he posted a 5.94 ERA in four starts. In June, he posted a 2.79 ERA and so far in July, he has a 2.00 ERA. Based on that trendline, he is due for a sub-1.25 ERA next month. The future is bright, and the AL ROY Award might not be too far out of reach.