Jeremy Hellickson and Craig Kimbrel win Rookie of the Year awards

POLL: Pair of pitchers named Rookies of the Year--but who should have won?

11/14/11 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

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Who should have won Rookie of the Year?
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Mark Trumbo
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer
New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova
Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda
Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley
Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel received all 32 first-place votes en route to winning the National League Rookie of the Year award today. In the American League, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson grabbed 17 first-place votes on his way to victory.

Kimbrel, a fire-baller at the back end of the Braves' bullpen, notched a rookie-record 46 saves this season. He was 4-3 with a 2.10 ERA. Hellickson was 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA.

Kimbrel and Hellickson had fine seasons--but there was no shortage of good candidates for the award in either league. Eric Hosmer and Mark Trumbo both look like budding stars at first base for the Royals and Angels respectively, while Kimbrel's teammate Freddie Freeman also had a dynamic big-league debut. There were also a number of other strong pitching candidates in both leagues. Ivan Nova emerged as a number two starter for the Yankees and Michael Pineda (who the sabermatricians love) struck out a ton of batters. In the National League Vance Worley often got lost in the shuffle of all of Philadelphia's star pitchers--but he had a heck of a year, as did Arizona's Josh Collmenter.

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11/15/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Freeman was a beast, but Kimbrel deserved every one of those votes.  I'm gonna say Hellickson was a stretch for the AL though.

11/15/11   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Trumbo got robbed, but agree with Kimbrel

11/15/11   |   derms33   |   17653 respect

Trumbo got robbed, but agree with Kimbrel