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2016 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award Winners

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Rick Porcello and Anthony Rendon win 2016 Comeback Player of the Year honors

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon have been named 2016 Comeback Players of the Year. This award is given to a player from each league every year that has bounced back from a disappointing previous season. The winners of the award are voted on by a panel of MLB beat writers.

American League:

Rick Porcello had an awful 2015 campaign. He posted a 4.92 ERA in 172 innings while amassing a WAR of 0.6. Porcello recorded a 9-15 record in 2015, and gave up 94 earned runs. 2015 was Porcello’s first season with the Red Sox after spending six seasons with the Detroit Tigers. It is safe to say that Porcello settled down in 2016. The right-hander lowed his ERA to 3.15 in 2016, and won 22 games compared to just four losses. He struck out 189 batters in 223 innings pitched while increasing his WAR to 5.0. Porcello’s fantastic bounce back year won him a Cy Young Award as he beat out Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. Now, Porcello has Comeback Player of the Year honors to go along with his Cy Young Award.

National League:

Anthony Rendon had the worst season of his career in 2015. He appeared in 80 games, and hit just five home runs to go along with his 25 RBI’s. In 311 at-bats, Rendon struck out 70 times, and hit just .264. In 2016, Rendon played 156 games, and really excelled. His WAR increased from 0.3 in 2015 to 4.1 in 2016. He hit 20 home runs and drove in 85 RBI’s while increasing his batting average to .270. Rendon has been in the big leagues four seasons, all with the Nationals. If Rendon can continue his solid play, he should be around the majors a while longer.


Both of these players bounced back in a big way from their 2015 seasons. Both the Red Sox and Nationals made the postseason in 2016 thanks to solid play from these two players. In 2017, both Porcello and Rendon will look to build on their success in 2016, and maybe lead their team to a World Series title.