There is a player who appeared like a comet last year and missed out on the Rookie of the Year title despite showing an amazing pitch that recorded 200 strikeouts along with a fastball that reached 162 km.
Spencer Strider (25),스포츠토토 a right-handed fireballer for the Atlanta Braves, threw 131⅔innings last year, showing outstanding pitching with an ERA of 2.67 with an average of 11 wins and 5 losses, as well as 202 strikeouts. In particular, he also wrote a new history of 200 strikeouts in the lowest innings ever, and in 2001, Randy Johnson recorded 130⅔ innings and vomited up 200 strikeouts in 130 innings.
However, despite such amazing pitching, he had to be satisfied with second place in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. His teammate, Michael Harris II, became the rookie of the year with a batting average of .297, 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
Although Strider missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the rookie of the year, he is considered a possible player to win the Cy Young Award in the future.
This year is off to a good start. On the 28th (Korean time), Strider pitched as a reliever in the 3rd inning in an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Cool Today Park in Northport, Florida, USA, and pitched 2 scoreless innings.
Not a single hit was hit and it was a good pitch with one strikeout. He cleanly deleted a runner while catching Otto Lopez on a double play to second baseman, though in the top of the fourth he allowed one walk. His speed is also in normal condition enough to go up to 98 miles (158 km).
On this day, Major League Baseball’s official website (MLB.com), which reported the news of the appearance of Max Fried, who came out as an Atlanta starting pitcher along with Strider, described them as “Atlanta’s potential Cy Young Award candidates” and said that they could challenge the Cy Young Award this year. You said you deserve it.
Above all, Strider’s mindset is impressive. In an interview with ‘MLB.com’ after the game, Strider said, “I’m not conceited and I don’t think I’ve succeeded yet. I’m still trying to get a spot on the roster.” Looking at his performance last year, of course, he showed humility even though he was deprived of a spot on the major league roster. Wouldn’t Strider’s attitude not to lose his ‘initiative’ become a stepping stone to Cy Young in the future?