Good question. Eddie didn’t. Cal didn’t. Not sure who else would even be a candidate.
Edit: Jim Gentile did it in 1960, leading the team with 98 RBI and finishing second in the rookie of the year voting. His teammate, Ron Hansen, won Rookie of the Year and finished third on the Orioles with 86 RBI, behind Gentile and Brooks Robinson.
Lost in last night’s debacle was a pretty decent long relief job by Akin: 3 shutout innings allowing only one hit. He only threw 35 pitches, 26 for strikes. Maybe the Yankees were just coasting by then, but the minutes Akin departed, they ambushed Anderson for four runs in an inning. So, I’m inclined to give Akin credit for his successful outing.
And he’s been far from perfect in his time here. He’s only throwing 60% strikes which is not high enough for a guy like him. He’s only throwing a first pitch strike 55.7% of the time. I’m seeing way too many pitches that are too high to tempt a matter to chase, or otherwise too far out of the strike zone. This is not the Alex Well who had a lot of success in the minors.
Another big problem I see is that his change-up is only 5 mph slower than his fastball. Not enough there to throw off a batter’s timing, especially when the batter isn’t gearing up for premium heat in the first place.
I hope the next time we see Wells (if there is a next time), he’s ironed out his command issues. As to the change-up, that’s a pitch he needs to seriously improve if he wants to have any chance of success in the majors.