Seamhead Awards: AL Rookie of the Year

Yordan Alvarez

21 year old Yordan Alvarez didn't join the Houston Astros in 2019 until June 9th. He homered that day. From there, he continued to swing a big stick for the remainder of the 2019 regular season as a fixture in an already championship-caliber Astros lineup. Hailing from Las Tunas, Cuba, Alvarez hit .313 with 27 home runs while plating 78 runs.

While many Astro fans were awaiting the call of highly-touted prospect, Kyle Tucker, it was Alvarez who received the call first. He did not disappoint. Even with the smaller sample size of a June call up, Alvarez is the runaway winner for the AL Rookie of the Year Crown.

With a full season, what would those gaudy numbers look like? According to Baseball Reference, we'd be talking about a rookie season for the ages: .313, 50 HR, 145 RBI.

Though Alvarez hit inconsistently in the '19 Postseason - he was a mannequin in the ALCS, before rebounding in the WS - I'm looking forward to a full season of plate appearances from this talented superstar-in-the-making.

Others considered: John Means, Baltimore Orioles; Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

BBWAA VOTE: Yordan Alvarez (unanimous 30/30 first place votes)