MLB award candidates: Rookies

Time will tell when it comes to their entire careers, but the rookie talent in the American League has not measured up to the National League side. Coming up with names on the AL side for Rookie of the Year was tough, while the NL had a handful of worthy candidates. And Manny Machado is not a rookie anymore, before you ask. Could they just give the award to Mike Trout again?

Important to note: Just like with our Cy Young and MVP lists, these are not predictions, or even projections, on who will win the league's respective Rookie of the Year awards. It's just a gauge of how they've performed so far.

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St Louis Cardinals v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 28: Shelby Miller #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on June 28, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on July 10, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 10: Shortstop Jose Iglesias #10 of the Boston Red Sox throws out Brad Miller of the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on July 10, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 09: Dan Straily #67 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on July 9, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)