Star Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis has been named the unanimous winner of the American League Rookie of the Year. Lewis becomes the first Mariner since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 to win AL Rookie of the Year (Ichiro won AL MVP as well in ’01).
Here’s the tally for AL Rookie of the Year, via @officialBBWAA.
Luis Robert earned 27 second-place votes. pic.twitter.com/Mit1Xb9Sln
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AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Kyle Lewis — CF, Mariners
Lewis overcame Luis Robert and Cristian Javier in the AL vote. The 25-year-old center fielder played in 58 games for the Mariners and became just the second rookie since 1969 — joining the A’s Mark McGwire in 1987 — to lead his team in batting average (.262), home runs (11), runs (37) and walks (34). His FanGraphs WAR (1.7), runs, walks and total bases (90) led all AL rookies, and he finished second in hits (54) and RBIs (28) and fourth in stolen bases (five).
With his dynamic play, including some highlight-reel homer robberies at the wall, Lewis, a first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, gave Seattle a spark, and he became the first Mariners player to win the Rookie of the Year honor since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.