_He ranked fifth in homers (10), first in doubles (18) and fifth in Weighted Runs Created Plus, an advanced metric compiled at FanGraphs.com. In all, Cuthbert has been worth 1.1 Wins Above Replacement, according to FanGraphs' version of the stat.
In fact, Cuthbert ranks fifth among American League rookies in WAR, a statistic that attempts to combine offense, defense and base running. But according to advanced metrics, Cuthbert actually ranks negatively in defensive WAR, despite a deep catalog of superb plays.
The Royals haven't featured a Rookie of the Year winner since shortstop Angel Berroa claimed the award in 2003. And in the end, Cuthbert could have steep competition in Naquin, Kim, Mazara and Minnesota's Max Kepler. But Cuthbert is trending upward. Entering Sunday, he was hitting .336 with a .383 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. As the day began, he owned a nine-game hitting streak, which began Aug. 4 at Tampa Bay.
And yes, his candidacy has a vote of support from his manager.