Houston shortstop Carlos Correa earned AL Rookie of the Year honors after leading all rookies with 22 home runs, becoming just the second Astro to be named top rookie. Jeff Bagwell won the NL’s Rookie of the year award in 1991.
Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, who batted .313 with 12 home runs and strong defense, finished second. The voting was relatively close; Correa received 17 first-place votes, worth five points each, and 13 second-place votes, worth three points, giving him 124 points overall. Linder received 13, 14 and two third-place votes, worth one point each, for a total of 109.
Miguel Sano is only 22, so he figures to improve significantly as his Twins career goes on. And he’s not too bad now.
Sano, who debuted as the Twins’ designated hitter on July 2, launched 18 home runs and collected 52 RBIs in 80 games. But he was hurt in the balloting by not playing defense, a situation that the Twins say will change next year, apparently by moving the slugger to the outfield.
The Dominican slugger was a sensation after being called up directly from Class AA Chattanooga in July, at one point hitting eight home runs in a two-week span. His .385 on-base percentage and .530 slugging percentage gave him an .916 OPS, eighth-best in the entire league and tied with Tony Oliva in 1964 for highest ever by a Twins rookie.
On Tuesday, the BBWAA will announce this year’s managers of the year followed by the Cy Young awards on Wednesday and the MVP awards on Thursday.
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