Prediction #1: Julio Rodriguez decides “The ROY is Mine!”
I think this is the player prediction that everyone most wants to happen. For Julio to come out, firing on all cylinders, and seize the Rookie of the Year award with a strong April.
It’s a big ask. He’s 21 all season, and would be one of the youngest players to win the award. Especially when you realize how much baseball was missed from pandemic-related cancellations.
Then, add in that he barely has any time at even AA baseball, and you realize that it’s going to make it even more impressive when Julio comes out and hits well. He has hit well everywhere that he has been, knocking down any obstacle placed in front of him. Double A, the Olympics, or spring training, he’s hit well at all of them.
There are going to be some slow sections of the month. A 1-7 here and a 2-11 there, but that’s only a small part of the picture. He’s going to make us forget about those easily with some magnificent series where he hits .500, going 6-12 or 7-14.
Julio is gonna come out and hit .280/.350/.480 this month, rapping 5 HR and stealing a handful of bases as well. Pairing that with what turns out to be slightly above average defense in Center, and we are going to see Julios play take a look at Detroit and Kansas City while saying “This award is mine.” Not only that… he’s gonna hit a homerun during the first game of the series in Minnesota.