Among a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, the Rockies announced that catcher Chris Iannetta has been designated for assignment. Catcher Dom Nuñez has been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Iannetta’s spot on the roster.
Iannetta, 36, hit a disappointing .222/.311/.417 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 164 plate appearances this season. He ended up serving as the understudy to Tony Wolters behind the plate.
Nuñez, 24, has had a terrific year in the minors, batting .244/.362/.559 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI in 257 trips to the plate. The Rockies have gotten a total of seven home runs out of their catchers this season, tied for the second-lowest total in baseball. The hope is that Nuñez can bring that total up to a more respectable number.
Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.
Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.
Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.