2013 AZ SnakePit Awards: Rookie of the Year

Gregorius and Pollock get together to discuss fly ball tactics... - USA TODAY Sports

Did the D-backs have any breakout seasons this year? Let's look at the rookies who appeared for Arizona in 2013, and also reveal the winner of the Performance of the Year category.

We start by announcing the winner of last week's category, the single-game Performance of the Year. We have out first majority winner, Paul Goldschmidt's uber-clutch performance on August 13, homering to tie the game in the ninth, then again to walk off in extras, receiving 51% of the votes. It's the first 'Pittie award for Goldschmidt. Something tells me, it's probably not going to be the last...

Moving on to the Rookie of the Year category. Here are the stats for all qualifying players who appeared for the Diamondbacks this season.

Hitters

Rk Player PA Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
1 A.J. Pollock 482 25 137 443 64 119 28 5 8 38 33 82 12 3 .269 .322 .409 .730
2 Didi Gregorius 404 23 103 357 47 90 16 3 7 28 37 65 0 2 .252 .332 .373 .704
3 Adam Eaton 277 24 66 250 40 63 10 4 3 22 17 44 5 2 .252 .314 .360 .674
4 Matt Davidson 87 22 31 76 8 18 6 0 3 12 10 24 0 1 .237 .333 .434 .768
5 Chris Owings 61 21 20 55 5 16 5 0 0 5 6 10 2 0 .291 .361 .382 .742
6 Alfredo Marte 48 24 22 43 4 8 3 0 0 4 4 12 0 0 .186 .271 .256 .527
7 Tuffy Gosewisch 47 29 14 45 1 8 2 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 .178 .174 .222 .396

Pitchers

Rk Player IP Age G GS W L H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1 Will Harris 52.2 28 61 0 4 1 50 17 17 15 53 2.91 132 .255 .309 .352 .661 87
2 Tyler Skaggs 38.2 21 7 7 2 3 38 23 22 15 36 5.12 75 .252 .324 .457 .780 119
3 Chaz Roe 22.1 26 21 0 1 0 18 10 10 13 24 4.03 96 .228 .333 .392 .726 103
4 Eury De La Rosa 14.2 23 19 0 0 1 13 13 12 5 16 7.36 53 .232 .295 .554 .849 133
5 Zeke Spruill 11.1 23 6 2 0 2 17 11 7 5 9 5.56 71 .354 .426 .625 1.051 191
6 Matt Langwell 8.2 27 8 0 0 0 8 5 5 5 6 5.19 77 .242 .359 .364 .723 106
7 Charles Brewer 6.0 25 4 0 0 0 8 2 2 2 5 3.00 136 .320 .370 .400 .770 119
8 David Holmberg 3.2 21 1 1 0 0 6 3 3 3 0 7.36 57 .375 .450 .500 .950 169

Adam Eaton

Eaton's season was much-anticipated, described in March by Sports Illustrated as, "the trendy pick to win this year's National League Rookie of the Year." Fate, however, had other plans. However, the curse of SI bit hard, as barely a week later, Adam was sidelined by a sprained left elbow. The team hoped for a return in early May, but his recovery hit a setback and he more or less had to start again. It wasn't until July 9 that he made his season debut for Arizona, and he was still rusty, hitting .216 with a .591 OPS over his first 27 games. But Eaton then hit his stride, batting .272 the rest of the way. 2014 will see him as a White Sox, but many fans will still be following Spanky there.

Didi Gregorius

If injury closed Eaton's door, it also opened one for Gregorius. He didn't make the Opening Day roster, but when Aaron Hill broke his hand in mid-April, Didi got the call. He wasted no time, homering on the very first pitch he saw as a Diamondback - in Yankee Stadium no less - and in his opening dozen games for Arizona, hit .422 with a 1.203 OPS. Of course, that couldn't last, but Gregorius still ended the season with an OPS over .700, almost exactly matching his minor-league number. Watching his cannon of an arm was also a great pleasure, and he made several stops which were considered Play of the Year nominees.

Will Harris

Harris wasn't even a Dback at the start of 2013. But in three days, he went from Colorado to Oakland and then on to Arizona, where he entered the back of the 'pen in May after J.J. Putz went on the DL. But Harris's performance was anything but "back of the bus". He put up a zero in 49 of 61 appearances, and his ERA+ of 132 was ninth among rookie relievers in the majors (min 50 IP). He'd likely have been higher, but for one day where he allowed four earned runs while retiring a single batter. Outside that, his ERA the rest of the season was a sparkling 2.24. As is, he became our first rookie reliever with a sub-three ERA and 50 IP since 2003 (Jose Valverde and Oscar Villarreal).

A.J. Pollock

Another one not expected to make the roster, but when first Cody Ross, and then Jason Kubel, hit the disabled list, Pollock got his chance, and seized it with both hands. As the team's everyday center fielder, he was a pivotal factor in why our outfield defense was the best in the National League. His offense was more than acceptable, starting with A.J.'s three hits against the Cardinals on Opening Day, and he posted an OPS better than than the NL average at center, and the overall result was 3.5 bWAR for Pollock, ranking him fourth in the majors among all rookie position players this season.

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