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2023 SnakePit Awards: Rookie of the Year nominations open

Wonder who’ll win this one?

Texas Rangers v. Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Ok, who am I trying to kid. I might as well make the final poll consist of a whopping one nomination, and the result would probably be the same. This may end up being among the most one-sided votes in SnakePit award history. But there’s a principle and a process here, so let’s go through the motions, shall we? Because, remember, it’s an honor just to be nominated. So, let’s start off by simply listing all the rookies who appeared for the Diamondbacks this season. They are in descending order of plate appearances or inning pitched, as appropriate.

Position players

  • Corbin Carroll
  • Dominic Fletcher
  • Dominic Canzone
  • Jordan Lawlar

Pitchers

  • Ryne Nelson
  • Brandon Pfaadt
  • Scott McGough
  • Drey Jameson
  • Slade Cecconi
  • Bryce Jarvis
  • Peter Solomon
  • Andrew Saalfrank
  • Justin Martinez
  • Carlos Vargas

I’m not even going to bother as far as Corbin Carroll is concerned. He moves in to the final ballot, without further action required. Indeed, do not bother nominating him. Doing so will force me to sigh deeply and remove your comment. But the question of who should occupy the other four spots on the ballot is an interesting one, and I am curious to see who people want to pick. Some saw very limited playing time this year, and will carry forward their rookie status to next year. Most obviously Jordan Lawlar falls into that category; so do the likes of Saalfrank, Jarvis and Martinez, all of who could have an impact in 2024. But do they deserve a spot on this year’s ballot?

At least there isn’t a regular season and post-season split: it’s entirely up to you whether or not to include playoff performances in your decision. Usual rules apply:

  • Go to the comments section.
  • If your choice is already mentioned there, give it a “rec”.
  • If your choice is NOT mentioned, leave their name as a new comment.
  • One nomination per comment
  • Duplicate nominations will get deleted.
  • On Wednesday, I’ll tally up the recs, and use those as a guide towards a list of five or so nominees.