The Dominican reliever of the Cleveland Indians is in a great season but seems to be overtaken by names like Luis García, Adolis García or Ryan Mountcastle
Season of Emmanuel Class is one of the best among the Dominican relievers and has excelled in the role of closer for the Cleveland Indians.
The Rio San Juan native is sixth in saves in the American League with 23 and within the top 15 in this category is the one with the best ERA with just 1.44 with 66 strikeouts in 62.2 innings.
But are these numbers enough for Emmanuel Clase to be considered for the Young Circuit Rookie of the Year Award or at least to be considered?
For the latter, yes, but for the former it is complicated by several factors and the possibilities of Class to win the prize are few.
The first thing is the vast competition it has in this campaign where more sonorous and recognized names have emerged, and even last names that are repeated.
Emmanuel Class (Cleveland) got his JS # 23 last night. Class (3-5, 1.44) had a blank IP, no H, with a K. He is 4-4 in JS chances in September. He was 6-for-6 on JS chances in August. He is 12-12 in his last chances. pic.twitter.com/LdlKhMiKtn
– EOBASEBALLCLUB (@EOBASEBALLCLUB) September 15, 2021
Luis García for many is the best pitcher among rookies. The Venezuelan has accumulated good numbers and has been one of the great stories of the Astros this season, scoring 11 wins and posting a 3.37 ERA. His 160 strikeouts in just over 144 innings are among the top 15 in that category in the American League.
The Cuban Adolis García has arrived with force to Las Mayores. Literally. Getting 30 homers and 81 RBIs being the leader in both categories in the Texas Rangers.
Also take into account Ryan Mountcastle’s 29 home runs and Randy Arozarena’s good season. Many have also mentioned the great performance of Wander franco despite the few games played compared to others and his current injury.
Class is not helped by the Dominican drought in these awards either, since since 2010 no Dominican has won the Rookie of the Year award, regardless of the league. Casually, Happy Naphtali, another reliever was the last native of the Dominican Republic to reach him. You can enjoy Clase, Wander and other Dominican stars in the Major Leagues through Star +.
Emmanuel Class is throwing FIRE! 🔥
– MLB Dominicana (@MLBDominicana) June 4, 2021
To this you could add that being a pitcher in the American League can be a disadvantage in fighting for the award.
Since 1990 only 7 pitchers have been able to win the Young Circuit Rookie of the Year award, 3 of them closers or relievers.
In 2010, Feliz had to save 40 games with a 2.73 ERA to win it. Huston Street in 2005 he had numbers similar to those of the Class with 5-1, 1.72 ERA and 23 saves. Kazuhiro sasaki in 2000 he saved 37 with a 3.16 ERA.
So with all this against, despite his great season, the outlook is complicated for the award and Emmanuel Class, who may receive some votes for his work but is not enough to be a finalist.
However, this could be just the beginning of a brilliant career for the Dominican reliever in the Major Leagues.