Jose Fernandez Wins NL ROY
THE BIG APPLE – Jose Fernandez arrived early. Wil Myers made it big after a blockbuster trade.
Neither one wanted a lot time to create a splash, and collectively they introduced both Rookie of the 12 months awards again to Florida.
Fernandez stood out in a very deep Nationwide League class this season, and the precocious Miami Marlins pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America panel in results announced Monday.
Myers won the American League prize after the Tampa Bay slugger put up impressive offensive numbers in only half a season. The correct fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.
“Truthfully, when I was known as up that didn’t even cross my mind. Because the season went on I might see I might have an opportunity,” Myers said on a conference call from his North Carolina house. “To be able to win is just a huge honor and I am very excited about it.”
The two bulletins marked the start of awards week in baseball. NL and AL Supervisor of the 12 months will probably be revealed Tuesday, with the Cy Young winners Wednesday and MVPs on Thursday.
Myers turned the third Tampa Bay player in six years to be selected Rookie of the Yr, joining Jeremy Hellickson (2011) and Evan Longoria (2008). Seated subsequent to each other, Myers and Archer smiled and shook palms when the winner was revealed on MLB Community.
Fernandez simply topped runner-up Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Cuban players ran 1-2 in the NL race. The only earlier Rookie of the Yr winners from Cuba came in the AL: Jose Canseco in 1986 and Tony Oliva in 1964.
“It means quite a bit just to be compared to those guys,” Fernandez said. “I am undecided I was even born when those guys have been taking part in. However for sure I heard the names earlier than and they did numerous good issues in baseball… All the youngsters in Cuba play baseball.”
Puig acquired the other four first-place votes and amassed 95 points to 142 for Fernandez, who made the All-Star workforce at age 20. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts for a last-place club that finished 62-one hundred.
Fernandez was shut down in September after 172 2/3 innings to protect his valuable arm. Still, his debut season was so excellent that he is one among three finalists for the NL Cy Younger Award – although Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is a heavy favorite.
Fernandez already has one big prize, nevertheless, and he hugged his mother and grandmother when he won.
He got here to the United States by boat as a Cuban refugee in 2008, apparently rescuing his mom alongside the way in which. Drafted 14th general in 2011 out of highschool in Tampa, Fla., he had never pitched above Class A earlier than this season. Fernandez was ticketed for Double-A Jacksonville on the end of spring coaching when injuries left two holes in Miami’s rotation.
Fernandez became an sudden addition to the roster, making him the youngest pitcher on a significant league workforce on Opening Day.
“I wasn’t planning on being within the huge leagues,” he said.
The surprises haven’t stopped – on and off the mound.
Sooner or later earlier than winning the rookie award, a shocked Fernandez was reunited with his grandmother in Florida with help from his lawyer.
“Out of nowhere,” the pitcher stated. “I don’t know how it happened.”
Now, she can visit for a couple of years and see him play in the majors.
“Pretty enthusiastic about that,” Fernandez stated.
After the Marlins dumped almost all their excessive-priced stars last winter, Fernandez was a uncommon shiny spot this season. The best-hander became the fourth Marlins player in 11 years to win Rookie of the Yr, following Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003).
“I am very comfortable that he received,” Puig informed MLB.com in comments circulated by the Dodgers. “He labored really laborious to attain this and he pitched extraordinarily nicely with Miami and he deserved this simply as we deserved to be nominated. I’m joyful for him, that a Cuban won. I’m glad his grandmother arrived and I hope he enjoys his time along with his grandmother and enjoys the prize he received.”
The 22-12 months-previous Myers batted293 with 13 house runs and 53 RBIs in solely 88 games after he was known as up from the minors June 18. He immediately added a lot-needed power to the middle of the Rays’ lineup, helping them reach the playoffs as an AL wild card.
Myers was rated one in every of baseball’s greatest hitting prospects when he was traded from Kansas City to Tampa Bay last December in a seven-participant deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
“There were some combined feelings in leaving Kansas Metropolis,” Myers acknowledged. “I do not want to say they gave up on me. They made a move they thought would higher their team and it did.”
Labored out nicely for Tampa Bay, too.
The Rays have been 36-33 before Myers arrived this season and went 56-38 the remainder of the way. They won a tiebreaker at Texas for the final AL playoff berth and beat Cleveland within the wild-card recreation earlier than getting eradicated by World Sequence champion Boston in the division sequence.
Myers completed with 131 points within the balloting to 80 for the slick-fielding Iglesias, traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers simply earlier than the deadline in late July. Both groups ended up in the AL Championship Sequence.
Iglesias was listed first on five ballots. Archer and fellow pitcher Dan Straily of the Oakland Athletics each bought one first-place vote.
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