Evan Gattis, the early front-runner for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, will be 27 when the season ends. Just nine ROYs have been that age or older when they won the award.
JACKIE ROBINSON 28
In 1947 he hit .297, led the NL with 29 steals—and broke baseball's color barrier.
WALT DROPO 27
He belted 34 homers and led the AL with 144 RBIs for the Red Sox in 1950.
SAM JETHROE 33
The Negro leagues' vet, joined the Braves in 1950, led the majors with 35 steals.
HARRY BYRD 27
In a down year for rookies, he went 15--15 for the Philadelphia A's in 1952.
JACK SANFORD 28