Randy Arozarena can break his own rookie postseason records
By David Hill
In theory, Randy Arozarena could break all of his rookie postseason records next year if the Tampa Bay Rays return to the playoffs.
The 2020 postseason has been a coming out party for Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena. The rookie slugger has set the playoff records for hits and home runs, becoming the only player to belt ten homers in a single postseason. While the rest of the offense disappeared, Arozarena did his best to singlehandedly carry the load.
His postseason numbers are absolutely staggering. 29 hits. Ten homers. 64 total bases. Yes, he had the extra games from the Wild Card Round, but this performance is being done against the top teams in the game. After all, the Rays had to defeat two of the top three teams in payroll to get this far.
But what makes it even more astonishing is that he may not be done. As he did not accumulate enough plate appearances to reach the rookie threshold this year, Arozarena will still technically be considered a rookie in 2021.
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He had a solid showing during the regular season with the Rays. In his 76 plate appearances, he produced a .281/.382/.641 batting line, belting seven homers. He showed the potential for the power he has displayed through the postseason, despite never being considered a true top prospect.
Between the playoffs, and his respectable regular season performance, Arozarena may well enter the 2021 season as the favorite for the AL Rookie of the Year award. He would have more of a major league track record than virtually any other candidate for the award, which could be an advantage given his familiarity with some of the pitchers he would face.
However, those regular season awards are secondary. Now that the Rays have gotten a taste at a deep run in the playoffs, they need to finish the job. Having Arozarena around will certainly help, especially with the way he dominated October this year.
Randy Arozarena already holds several postseason records. Incredibly, he could break his own rookie marks in 2021 if the Tampa Bay Rays return to the playoffs.