Mariners' Julio Rodríguez named Baseball America's 2022 MLB Rookie of the Year

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners looks to the dugout whiat bat against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 20, 2022 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Image

Seattle Mariners outfielder Julio Rodríguez was named Baseball America's 2022 Major League Rookie of the Year, becoming the first M's player to ever win the award. 

Rodríguez has hit .280/.342/.502 with 27 home runs and 25 stolen bases for Seattle this year. 

"Baseball America picks one Rookie of the Year for all of Major League Baseball each year. Our Rookie of the Year is weighted heavily toward production in a player's rookie season, but we also do attempt to slightly weigh future potential as part of the award as well," the organization explained. 

You can preorder the Baseball America issue with Rodríguez on the cover here

At the end of August, Rodríguez signed a massive new contract with the Mariners that would guarantee him over $200 million. 

The Mariners confirmed that Rodríguez's long-term contract extension includes 12-guaranteed years through the 2034 season and options that could run through the 2039 season.  

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