The MLB announced the recipients of this year’s American League and National League Rookie of the Year honors on Monday night. Both 2013 awards will take up residence in Florida with pitcher Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers getting it done for their respective teams in the 2012-2013 MLB season.
Myers came into the season as MLB.com’s 4th ranked prospect, living up to the hype with 13 homers, 53 RBIs and a batting average of .293. The young man kicked off his impressive rookie campaign in style as his first homerun was a dazzling grand slam at Yankee Stadium.
Fernandez was equally as impressive in his National League debut season as he cashed in 12 wins and an ERA of 2.19. He was especially hot in the late summer, winning NL rookie of the month honors in both July and August.
The voting was fairly unanimous in this year’s contest as Myers managed 25 first place votes for the AL selection, with Jose Iglesias coming in at a distant second with only 5. The same can be said for Fernandez, who totalled 26 first place votes, edging out rookie sensation Yasiel Puig’s number of 4 first place ballots.
Puig, however, was far and away the favorite for the number two spot in the NL with 26 votes for that position, while AL runner up Iglesias inspired 17 second place votes.
For those interested in the rookie race in 2014, it’s looking like Red Sox prospect Xavier Bogaerts, who earned a call up to the bigs in August, is the Rookie of the Year futures favorite going into the upcoming MLB season.
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