How does Gary Sanchez stack up with his fellow AL Rookie of the Year finalists?
Being named a finalist means that Sanchez, along with fellow candidates Michael Fulmer and Tyler Naquin, finished in the Top 3, and one of them will bring home the hardware on November 14.
Voting was closed as of the end of the regular season, so there's no more words - or actions, despite Naquin's Indians getting to Game 7 of the World Series - that can sway the vote, but in anticipation of #IAmGary possibly becoming #IAmROY, here's how the finalists stack up.
C GARY SANCHEZ, YANKEES
-53 games played (36 at catcher, 17 at DH); made MLB debut on 10/3/15, season debut on 5/13/16
-.299/.376/.657 slash line, 20 HR, 42 RBI, 12 2B, 24 BB/57 K, 29% caught stealing (13-of-32)
-Led AL rookies in slugging and OPS, tied for lead in HR
-Voted AL Rookie of the Week for August 21 and August 28
-Voted AL Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for August
-Fastest player in MLB history to reach 19 homers
OF TYLER NAQUIN, INDIANS
-116 games played (109 in outfield - 105 in CF, 4 in RF - and 1 at DH); made MLB debut 4/5/16
-.296/.372/.514 slash line, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 18 2B, 36 BB/112 K, .990 fielding percentage
-Ranked fourth (AVG), third (OBP, SLG) and second (OPS) among AL rookies in slash line categories
-Ranked 10th in the AL with five triples
-Voted AL Rookie of the Month in consecutive months (June and July)
RHP MICHAEL FULMER, TIGERS
-26 games played (all starts); made MLB debut 4/29/16
-11-7, 3.06 ERA, 159 IP, 1 CG/SHO, 132 K/42 BB, 1.119 WHIP, 4.9 WAR (8th among AL Pitchers)
-Led all AL rookies in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts
-3.06 ERA would have ranked third in the AL if he pitched enough innings to qualify (one per team game)
-33 1/3 scoreless IP streak set a Tigers rookie record and is second (to Valenzuela's 35) in MLB history
-Became second pitcher in MLB history with four consecutive outings of six innings or more with no earned runs and three or fewer hits
-Named Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year