Randy Arozarena has become a star during the 2020 MLB Playoffs. He’s been a key player for the Tampa Bay Rays during the World Series. The Rays acquired Arozarena in a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arozarena’s bat has been on fire during the playoffs, and he’s helped the Rays out in a big way.
Arozarena playing in his first full season with the Tampa Bay Rays
After appearing in 19 games with the Cardinals during the 2019 season, he played in his first full season with the Rays. During the shortened season, Arozarena had to wait to make his debut with the Rays because he contracted COVID-19. He joined the team on August 30. He played in 23 games during the regular season and hit .281 with seven home runs and 11 RBIs.
The Rays finished the regular season with a 40-20 record and were the top team coming out of the AL East. Going into the playoffs, the Rays were playing their best baseball of the season. During the Wild Card Round, the Rays took on the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays wasted no time with Toronto as they swept them 2-0. In the two games, Arozarena played in both games and had nine plate appearances.
He batted .500 in the two games and had two doubles, a triple, and an RBI. Arozarena started to gain attention across the league after his performance during the Wild Card Round. The Rays took on the New York Yankees in the next round, and Arozarena continued to swing a hot bat. Through five games, he had eight hits with three home runs and finished the series batting .421. They defeated the Yankees to advance to the American League Championship Series to take on the Houston Astros.
Arozarena stepped up in a big way to help the Rays defeat the Astros
It seems like Arozarena plays his best baseball when the pressure is on. During the ALCS, he delivered timely hits that helped the Rays defeat the Astros in seven games. He also passed Evan Longoria for the most home runs hit by a Rays rookie in the postseason. At the plate, Arozarena is an aggressive hitter, and he knows how to capitalize on pitchers’ mistakes. If a pitcher leaves a ball right down the middle against Arozarena, there’s a good chance that he’s not going to miss that pitch.
At the end of the ALCS, Arozarena was named the series’ MVP after batting .321 hitting four home runs and six RBIs. He became the first rookie to win the MVP during the LCS. Now, Arozarena was starting to become one of the top players throughout the playoffs, and he was on everyone’s radar.
Arozarena is gearing up for a big payday soon
During the World Series, Arozarena broke the all-time record for most home runs in a single postseason with nine. He also surpassed Derek Jeter for the most hits by a rookie in a single postseason, and he passed Pablo Sandoval for the most hits in the postseason when he collected his 27th hit.
Arozarena has broken numerous records throughout the playoffs, and the fact that he’s doing all of this in his first year is impressive. According to spotrac.com, he signed a one-year contract worth $563,500 with the Rays and based on his performance, and he will earn more money in the future. Arozarena has been one of the top players for the Rays throughout the entire playoffs, and if they want to keep him, they will need to pay him because he’s deserved it. If not, there will be other teams willing to pay for him to be on their team.