Ian Anderson is the best rookie pitcher in Major League Baseball, and I am not sure it’s even close. Anderson turned in another gem on Tuesday against the Cubs, pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up just one hit. The former Shenendehowa standout is the first pitcher in MLB history to have three starts of at least 6.0 innings and no more than one hit allowed among his first 11 games. Even though Anderson pitched last season, he’s still considered a rookie. After dominating the Cubs, he lowered his ERA to 2.48. Long way to the finish line this season, but Anderson is 2-0 after back to back brilliant starts against the Yankees and Cubs.

Tim Kurkjian was impressed by Ian his last time out and says as much above. Let's evaluate the other rookies in the National League that may have a chance at the award below:

  • Trevor Rogers of the division rival Miami Marlins is off to a tremendous start as well. He has a 1.29 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched while allowing just 1 baserunner an inning. It will be interesting to follow his progress with Ian's.
  • Ryan Weathers is another impressive lefty pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He left his last start but was incredible in his first 2 appearances against the Dodgers allowing just 10 baserunners in 16.1 innings while striking out 16 thus far.
  • Position players have a strong history winning this award so we will also keep our eye on Dylan Carlson, OF for the Cardinals. He is batting .286 with 13 RBI's and 16 runs scored.

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