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Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle is not one of the three finalists for the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Mountcastle set an Orioles rookie record with 33 home runs. He had 89 RBIs and hit .255 with a .796 OPS.
Tampa Bay outfielder Randy Arozarena, Rays shortstop Wander Franco and Houston Astros right-hander Luis Garcia are the finalists.
The Orioles haven’t had a Rookie of the Year winner since reliever Gregg Olson won it in 1989. John Means finished second to Houston’s Yordan Alvarez in the 2019 voting.
The Rookie of the Year award winner will be announced on November 15th. It’s voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Notes: Outfielder Yusniel Diaz’s stint in the Arizona Fall League has ended because of a left shoulder strain. He played in only seven games and hit .222 (6-for-27) with a home run and nine RBIs. The Orioles hope after a period of rest, he’ll be able to prepare for spring training. … The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker on waivers from Toronto. Baker pitched a scoreless inning for the Blue Jays in 2021, allowing a hit and striking out one. There are 32 players on the 40-man roster. … Right-handed pitcher Spenser Watkins and catcher Nick Ciuffo, who were assigned to Triple-A Norfolk after clearing outright waivers, will become free agents.
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