2015 MLB Esurance Awards: Blue Jays up for Several GIBBY Awards

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Aug 18, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Blue Jays won 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Best Rookie

The list of rookies that have been nominated may not surprise you all that much. There are some very interesting names on it. The Chicago Cubs have two young studs in Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant. Schwarber is hitting .255 with 16 HR and Bryant is besting him with a .271 clip and 24 HR. This is an interesting time to be a Cubs fan. You’ve got these two young bats and Arrieta to get excited about. They hold the 2nd Wild Card spot in the NL. Hey. Just get into the playoffs, right? Anything can happen…

One guy who might give Bryant a run for his money here is Astros SS, Carlso Correa. He’s hitting .276 with 18 HR and he didn’t join the club until June. He started the year in A+ ball, for crying out loud. Correa is certain to get a large portion of these votes. But, then there’s Joc Pederson who did well for himself in the Home Run Derby and has 25 dingers. His average is rather low at .220, though. A quiet pick might be Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins. His .276 average and 16 HR are impressive when you consider he joined the team in July.

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Toronto Blue Jays

All of these picks would make sense. But, there is one name that Blue Jays fans will certainly lean toward. Roberto Osuna finds himself among the best rookies in MLB. Once a 20 year old who was thrust into a bullpen role out of necessity, Osuna has turned into one of the better closers in the league. He has 16 saves and a 0.85 WHIP! Not only are his numbers impressive, but his ability to lock a game down has instilled confidence in his manager, his team and all Blue Jays fans. We now have a feeling that if the club can get to him in the 9th inning, he’s automatic. Imagine what his numbers would look like if he’d been there out of the gate.

It is worth mentioning that had he been healthy all year, Devon Travis would certainly be challenging these guys for this award. As well, Noah Syndergaard is listed here for your consideration. Many lament him being traded from R.A. Dickey. “He could have been a Blue Jay!” You can see why his name is saved for the end…

There you go! Who do you vote for? This is an interesting conversation. These are awards that are voted on by various entities, including fans. As such, there is bound to be an element of disagreement based on the subjective nature of the process. That is why it is fun. Some will vote for their favorite players, their home town heroes, or the guy who has the best XYZ stat.

So, we leave it up to you. Who do you vote for? Leave your choices below. Don’t forget to cast your ballot HERE.

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