Jose Abreu And Jacob deGrom Earn ROY Honors
Jose Abreu, the electric first baseman on the Chicago White Sox, is the unanimous American League Rookie of the Year. Abreu is one of just four rookies in MLB history to bat at least .300 with a minimum of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. He is the first in league history to finish in the top five of each Triple Crown category.
"I don't have any words to describe this moment," he said. "I consider myself a good hitter and I guess I've proven it."
Abreu hit .317 on the year with 36 dingers and 107 RBIs to go along with a .383 OBP as he slugged .581.
On the other side of the league, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom won the NL Rookie of the Year Award with 26 of 30 first place votes, finishing ahead of Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong. deGrom had an incredible rookie year for the Mets, going 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144 strikeouts in just 140 1/3 innings pitched.
The dominant, long-haired deGrom came up to the majors for bullpen work, but earned himself a temporary position in the rotation when Dillon Gee was injured. The young gun solidifed his role and pitched an impressive season for the Mets. He tied an MLB record on Sept. 15, striking out the first eight batters against the Miami Marlins.
"I was just thankful to be in the big leagues this year," he said. "Receiving this award was a great honor."
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