“It’s kind of day to day. Newcombe was ineffective in his debut, a brief relief outing on May 20, but, two days later, he made his first start and shut out the Reds on five singles and no walks. In the last month of the season, Valenzuela helped the Dodgers to a tie with the Houston Astros for the Western Division lead, pitching 17​2⁄3 scoreless innings of relief over the course of ten games. Both men were also outstanding defensive second baseman. What Lefebvre was not, however, was a deserving Rookie of the Year. 1983 Topps Baseball Pick Complete Your Set #501-700 RC Stars ***FREE SHIPPING*** “He’s been completely dominant all year. The precocious right-hander had an electric fastball and a lethal curveball, which are displayed perfectly in this tweet from Rob Friedman. His final two regular-season outings were starts, a complete game win (three hits, two unearned runs allowed), and a five-inning loss, that last inflating what had been a 1.90 ERA through 137 1/3 innings. He played 10 seasons in the Majors (8 of them with the Dodgers), primarily as a utility infielder. [Updated: Final score: Dodgers 7, Braves 3. Stats: 161 G, .323/.359/.557, 217 H, 84 XBH (32 HR), 94 RBI, 109 R, 12 SB. Black was the third of Brooklyn’s four Rookies of the Year, and the one who would prove to have the least valuable career. After all, he was just 21 years old and had yet to play above High-A, aside from a brief three-game stint at Triple-A. ranking the Dodgers’ record 18 Rookie of the Year recipients, greatest late-round draft pick in major league history. Still, plenty of players have taken star turns overseas before falling flat stateside, and his prior experience takes nothing away from his historic 2001 debut. Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career, and he pitched just 162 innings the next four years. Fernando Valenzuela was the first Dodgers ' pitcher to win a Silver Slugger Award after he bested all National League pitchers in 1981 (.250 / .262 / .281). Starting with Robinson, six of the first seven National League Rookie of the Year award winners (including Robinson’s win in 1947, when there was just one award for both leagues) were former Negro League players. And I just hope that he’s going to be able to come back.”. Generated 4/9/2020. In 1981, he became the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the Cy Young Award in the same season. In September 1980, at the age of 19, he was called up to the majors directly from Double-A and proceeded to throw 17 2/3 innings of relief without allowing a run. 1 guy on this list? Ichiro won the AL batting title (.350) and led the league in hits (242) and steals (56) while playing for a 116-win club. Will anyone ever chase down the No. He pitched professionally until the 2007-08 Mexican Pacific Leagueseason. With a good fastball and a devastating splitter, Nomo led the NL in strikeouts (236) and K/9 (11.1) as a rookie. Then came Bellinger and his rookie home-run record in 2017, Seager’s Tommy John surgery in 2018, a comeback season in 2019 in which Seager was still quite good, but no better than the Dodgers’ fifth-best player, and now the potential cancellation of the entire 2020 season. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series that year. Julio Urías, a 24-year-old lefty already pitching in his fourth postseason, will start Game 3 on Wednesday. If not for a Bobby Bonilla pulled hamstring near the end of spring training, Pujols likely would have been sent to the minors to start the 2001 season. won Rookie of the Year. Those players helped the Dodgers win six pennants in ten years and the franchise’s first championship. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw was scratched Tuesday from his start for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series due to back spasms, though manager Dave Roberts said the likelihood is very good their ace lefty will pitch in the series. He led the NL in steals (29) and the high-powered Dodgers offense in runs scored (125), finishing fifth in NL MVP voting in the process. … The following season, Valenzuela was named the Opening Day starter as a rookie after Jerry Reuss was injured 24 hours before his scheduled start. Kershaw recovered quickly and went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 10 starts as the Dodgers finished with the majors’ best record. That day is Saturday, at 1:38 p.m., with Walker Buehler starting and all hands on deck. Fernando went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards. Sure, he led the AL with a staggering 208 strikeouts, but he was also tops in walks (127) and second in on-base percentage (.422) en route to a terrific 1.049 OPS and 171 OPS+, so the swing-and-miss in his game didn't take anything away from his bottom line. The Dodgers drafted 33 players in the June draft and 18 in the January draft. Kershaw played some catch on the field before Tuesday's game. The Dodgers met the New York Yankees in the World Series once again, this time beating them in six games to claim their first championship since 1965. The gaudy total McGwire produced was made even more impressive by the fact that he started off slowly, hitting just four homers during April.