Former Royals prospect Wil Myers wins AL Rookie of Year award

Updated: 2013-11-12T16:36:55Z


The Kansas City Star

AL: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay

Why he won: Cue up another round of discussions in Kansas City regarding whether the Royals made the right move in surrendering outfielder Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays in the big trade that netted veteran pitcher James Shields.

Myers, 22, was an overwhelming choice Monday night as the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year in the American League despite not reaching the big leagues until June 18 and appearing in just 88 games.

Despite his delayed arrival, Myers collected 23 of the 30 first-place votes and finished with 131 points in balloting from a panel composed of members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Myers batted .293 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs.

Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias collected five first-place votes and finished second with 80 points in the voting.

Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer placed third. Royals outfielder David Lough collected one third-place vote.

In his words

“It definitely helps,” Myers said when asked if the award validates the hype he received after the trade. “There was some added pressure going into the season.

“I just wanted to come out and play my best.”

The voting

Player, Team1st2nd3rdT
Wil Myers, Tampa Bay2351140
Jose Iglesias, Detroit517480
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay151535
Dan Straily, Oakland12415
J.B. Shuck, Los Angeles0114
Cody Allen, Cleveland0022
Martine Perez, Texas0022
David Lough, Royals0011

The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in American League cities. Players receive five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to post-season play.

Kansas City Chapter ballots

AL Ballots by Kansas City Star voters

• Pete Grathoff: Myers, Iglesias, Archer.

• Nicole Poell: Myers, Iglesias, Archer.

Previous winners

2012: Mike Trout, Los Angeles; 2011: Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay; 2010: Neftali Feliz, Texas; 2009: Andrew Bailey, Oakland; 2008: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; 2007: Dustin Pedroia, Boston; 2006: Justin Verlander, Detroit; 2005: Huston Street, Oakland; 2004: Bobby Crosby, Oakland; 2003: Angel Berroa, Royals; 2002: Eric Hinske, Toronto; 2001: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle; 2000: Kazuhiro Sasaki, Seattle.

1999: Carlos Beltran, Royals; 1998: Ben Grieve, Oakland; 1997: Nomar Garciaparra*, Boston; 1996: Derek Jeter*, New York; 1995: Marty Cordova, Minnesota; 1994: Bob Hamelin, Royals; 1993: Tim Salmon*, California; 1992: Pat Listach, Milwaukee; 1991: Chuck Knoblauch, Minnesota; 1990: Sandy Alomar Jr.*, Cleveland.

1989: Gregg Olson, Baltimore; 1988: Walt Weiss, Oakland: 1987: Mark McGwire*, Oakland; 1986: José Canseco, Oakland; 1985: Ozzie Guillen, Chicago; 1984: Alvin Davis, Seattle; 1983: Ron Kittle, Chicago; 1982: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore; 1981: Dave Righetti, New York; 1980: Joe Charboneau, Cleveland.

1979 (tie): John Castino, Minnesota, and Alfredo Griffin, Toronto; 1978: Lou Whitaker, Detroit; 1977: Eddie Murray, Baltimore; 1976: Mark Fidrych, Detroit; 1975: Fred Lynn, Boston; 1974: Mike Hargrove, Texas; 1973: Al Bumbry, Baltimore; 1972: Carlton Fisk*, Boston; 1971: Chris Chambliss, Cleveland; 1970: Thurman Munson, New York.

1969: Lou Piniella, Royals; 1968: Stan Bahnsen, New York; 1967: Rod Carew, Minnesota; 1966: Tommie Agee, Chicago; 1965: Curt Blefary, Baltimore; 1964: Tony Oliva, Minnesota; 1963: Gary Peters, Chicago; 1962: Tom Tresh, New York; 1961: Don Schwall, Boston; 1960: Ron Hansen, Baltimore.

1959: Bob Allison, Washington, 1958: Albie Pearson, Washington; 1957: Tony Kubek, New York; 1956: Luis Aparicio, Chicago; 1955: Herb Score, Cleveland; 1954: Bob Grim, New York; 1953: Harvey Kuenn, Detroit; 1952: Harry Byrd, Philadelphia; 1951: Gil McDougal, New York; 1950: Walt Dropo, Boston; 1949: Roy Sievers, St. Louis.

* indicates unanimous selection.

NL: Jose Fernandez, Miami

Why he won: Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez, a 21-year-old Cuban defector, emerged Monday night as a runaway winner in balloting for the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award in the National League.

Fernandez was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts and provided a rare bright spot in the Marlins’ 100-loss season. He received 26 first-place votes and was the only player cited on all 30 ballots.

Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig, also a Cuban defector, collected the remaining four first-place votes and finished a distant second in balloting by a panel of Baseball Writers’ Association of America members.

The only other Cuban-born player selected as a rookie of the year was Minnesota outfielder Tony Oliva in 1964 in the American League.

In his words

“It means everything,” Fernandez said upon learning of his selection in a live telecast on MLB Network. “It means having the fans … and the guys who like baseball. …

“I’m really nervous right now. So whatever I say, don’t listen to me. … Having my grandmother here, coming from Cuba yesterday, and getting this good news is pretty amazing.”

The voting

Player, Team1st2nd3rdT
Jose Fernandez, Miami2640142
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles425095
Shelby Miller, St. Louis01912
Hyun-jin Ryu, Los Angeles001010
Julio Teheran, Atlanta0077
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego0022
Nolan Arenado, Colorado0011
Evan Gaddis, Atlanta0011

The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in National League cities. Players receive five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to post-season play.

Previous winners

2012: Bryce Harper, Washington; 2011: Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta; 2010: Buster Posey, San Francisco; 2009: Chris Coghlan, Florida; 2008: Geovany Soto, Chicago; 2007: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee; 2006: Hanley Ramirez, Florida; 2005: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia; 2004: Jason Bay, Pittsburgh; 2003: Dontrelle, Willis, Florida; 2002: Jason Jennings, Colorado; 2001: Albert Pujols*, St. Louis; 2000: Rafael Furcal, Atlanta.

1999: Scott Williamson, Cincinnati; 1998: Kerry Wood, Chicago; 1997: Scott Rolen*, Philadelphia; 1996: Todd Hollandsworth, Los Angeles; 1995: Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles; 1994: Raul Mondesi*, Los Angeles; 1993: Mike Piazza*, Los Angeles; 1992: Eric Karros, Los Angeles; 1991: Jeff Bagwell, Houston; 1990: David Justice, Atlanta.

1989: Jerome Walton, Chicago; 1988: Chris Sabo, Cincinnati; 1987: Benito Santiago*, San Diego; 1986: Todd Worrell, St. Louis; 1985: Vince Coleman*, St. Louis; 1984: Dwight Gooden, New York; 1983: Darryl Strawberry, New York; 1982: Steve Sax, Los Angeles; 1981: Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles; 1980: Steve Howe, Los Angeles.

1979: Rick Sutcliffe, Los Angeles; 1978: Bob Horner, Atlanta; 1977: Andre Dawson, Montreal; 1976 (tie): Butch Metzger, San Diego, and Pat Zachry, Cincinnati; 1975: John Montefusco, San Francisco; 1974: Bake McBride, St. Louis; 1973: Gary Matthews, San Francisco; 1972: Jon Matlack, New York; 1971: Earl Williams, Atlanta; 1970: Carl Morton, Montreal.

1969: Ted Sizemore, Los Angeles; 1968: Johnny Bench, Cincinnati; 1967: Tom Seaver, New York; 1966: Tommy Helms, Cincinnati; 1965: Jim Lefebvre, Los Angeles; 1964: Richie Allen, Philadelphia; 1963: Pete Rose, Cincinnati; 1962: Ken Hubbs, Chicago; 1961: Billy Williams, Chicago; 1960: Frank Howard, Los Angeles.

1959: Willie McCovey*, San Francisco; 1958: Orlando Cepeda*, San Francisco; 1957: Jack Sanford, Philadelphia; 1956: Frank Robinson*, Cincinnati; 1955: Bill Virdon, St. Louis; 1954: Wally Moon, St. Louis; 1953: Junior Gilliam, Brooklyn; 1952: Joe Black, Brooklyn; 1951: Willie Mays, New York; 1950: Sam Jethroe, Boston.

1949: Don Newcombe, Brooklyn; 1948: Alvin Dark, Boston; 1947: Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn.

* indicates unanimous selection.

2013 announcement schedule

Tuesday: AL and NL Managers of the Year

Wednesday: AL and NL Cy Young Award

Thursday: AL and NL Most Valuable Player

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