ARLINGTON -- The regular-season finale has come, and very little has changed about Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck. He hasn't fallen off, and he's still a legit candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Shuck -- signed to a Minor League contract in November, shortly after getting released by the Astros -- entered Sunday leading AL rookies in hits (126), runs (60), total bases (158), doubles (20) and multihit games (36), while adding a .291/.329/.365 slash line.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (.305/.351/.388), Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.352/.476), Indians reliever Cody Allen (2.43 ERA in 77 games) and Rangers starter Martin Perez (10-5, 3.55 ERA) are among the candidates, but nobody has really run away with the award like Mike Trout did last year.
Asked what he thinks his chances are to get the award, though, Shuck said: "Uh, zero?
"I don't know. I don't look at the numbers. I know a couple of guys have had some pretty good years. … If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, like I said earlier, I appreciate how the Angels have campaigned and done that. So that's been a good feeling, to know that they support me. But me, I'd rather win games than win an individual award."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less