Mains: The unlikeliest Rookie of the Year candidates

From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on July 30, 2019:

[Bryan] Reynolds started the season at Triple-A. He was called up by Pittsburgh on April 20 when Starling Marté went on the injured list after an outfield collision with shortstop Erik González. The Pirates already had Lonnie Chisenhall, Corey Dickerson, and Gregory Polanco on the injured list, and they needed three guys in the outfield. He started in center field the day he was called up and has started all but 18 games since he came up.

[Christian] Walker moved to the top of the Diamondbacks’ first base depth chart when Paul Goldschmidt was traded to St. Louis and Jake Lamb strained his quadriceps just a week into the season. He’s started all but 19 games at first base this year and was the team’s designated hitter in a couple of interleague games.

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Originally published: July 31, 2019. Last Updated: July 31, 2019.