Gunnar Henderson is the Unanimous American League Rookie of the Year

| November 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Orioles 22-year-old infielder Gunnar Henderson was unanimously voted the 2023 American League Rookie of the Year (AL ROY). He is the first Oriole to win the award since Orioles reliever Gregg Olson won in 1989.

From the Orioles website:

After an impressive 34-game debut stint with Baltimore late in the 2022 season, Henderson started slow in ‘23, entering May 13 with a .170 batting average. Still, the Orioles remained confident that the 2019 second-round Draft pick would get going — and they were right.

Henderson ended up leading the team in Wins Above Replacement per Baseball-Reference (6.2) and being named Most Valuable Oriole by the local media. He ranked first among AL rookies in bWAR, fWAR (4.6), home runs (28), triples (nine), RBIs (82) and runs scored (100), while batting .255 with an .814 OPS in 150 games and winning a Silver Slugger Award in the AL utility category.

Henderson, along with Adley Rutchman, won the Silver Slugger Award, as the top hitter at his position in the American League.

Orioles Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias was named the MLB Executive of the Year and Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde is one of the top candidates for American League Manager of the Year.


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