Not to undermine Nolan Reimold's hopes of being voted AL Rookie of the Year, but I can't help but pose the question: Should Matt Wieters' name be amongst the candidates as well?
As of Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, his .286 batting average is the highest among all AL rookies. Nolan Reimold is second with a .279 average. Reimold has more RBI's than Wieters at 45, but the way Wieters is hitting, he could very well reach that mark. As of Wednesday Wieters had 38 RBIs.
Popular belief is AL R.O.Y will most likely go to one of two pitchers; either Tampa Bay's Jeff Niemann or Detroit's Rick Porcello, but if it goes to a position player, we have to throw Wieters' name in the mix.
White Sox thrid baseman Gordon Beckham has a .266 avg, with 12 homers and 54 RBI, but he has the fact that Chicago is a bigger market than Baltimore going for him. Also, the White Sox had a better season than the O's, so that could sway the vote.
For the record Wieters' 8 homers is short of Nolan's 15 and Beckham's 12, but he could put up a few more before the season's end.
One thing is for sure, even if Reimold isn't rookie of the year, he is definitely rookie of the month for September. That type of progress late in the season is exactly what the O's want from their coveted first-round draft pick.