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MLBPA Names Corbin Carroll The Best Rookie in the NL

Nov 1, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Corbin Carroll (7) hits a single in the third inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the 2023 World Series at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Corbin Carroll’s historic rookie campaign not only featured him in the world series, but also bringing home some major street cred. The MLBPA is the “Major League Baseball Players Association” and players across the league took a vote for lots of different categories. Carroll’s record-breaking rookie season left no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is in fact the top of his rookie class in the National League.

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A Look Back on an Incredible Year

The Diamondbacks rookie sensation became the only rookie in MLB history to steal 50 bags and hit 25 home runs. Carroll finished with 54 stolen bases and was a major piece to the Diamondbacks return to the World Series. Corbin Carroll and company were the first Diamondbacks team to make a trip to the world series, sense they won it all in 2001.

Humble Beginnings

The stats weren’t the only thing that made Carroll’s rookie campaign special. Carroll also made his first all-star start not only in his first season, but in his hometown. Arizona’s rookie sensation is a Seattle native where he attended Lakeside Highschool. In 2019 when he was a senior, Carroll had a .540 batting average and an absurd 1.859 OPS. Corbin Carroll graduated in 2019 and had committed to UCLA before being drafted 16th overall by the Diamondbacks. Carroll also signed an 8-year $108 million contract earlier in the season.

A Bright Future to Look Forward To

There is no doubt that the next eight years with Corbin Carroll will be an exciting time for Diamondbacks fans. Carroll is also extremely likely to win the MLB National League Rookie of the Year Award when those awards are announced. But, for now, Carroll is the MLBPA’s pick for the most outstanding rookie in the national league. In an interview with Mookie Betts, Zac Gallon talked about how it “mattered a little more” when his peers voted him a Cy Young finalist. The Diamondbacks rookie sensation has to be over the moon about this award. Congratulations, Corbin Carroll.

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