Wil Myers Wins American League Rookie Of The Year

by Marisa Ingemi | Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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Wil Myers

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers has won the American League Rookie of the Year. Myers hit .293/.354/.478 after being called up on June 16th and helped lead the Rays to a Wild Card berth in the playoffs.

Myers also hit 13 home runs with 50 runs. He gained 23 votes out of 30 for the AL rookie of the year. He led all American League rookies with 23 doubles and 36 extra base hits while getting on base at a .354 clip. He was also tied with 160 total bases for the most of any AL rookie.

Myers added 53 runs batted in on the season. He is the third Ray to ever win the award along with third baseman Evan Longoria and starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who are both still on the team. Myers got 131 points through the voting point system where first place receives five points, while the next closest player, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, had 80 points.

Five of the eight players who made the ballot were in the American League playoffs; Myers, Iglesias, Chris Archer, Dan Straily and Cody Allen, if you count the one game Wild Card playoff.

Here is the full ballot:

Wil Myers, Rays (23 first place votes)

Joe Iglesias, Red Sox/Tigers (5 first place votes)

Chris Archer, Rays (1 first place vote)

Dan Straily, Athletics (1 first place vote)

JB Shuck, Angels (1 second place vote)

Cody Allen, Indians (2 third place votes)

Martin Perez, Rangers (2 third place votes)

David Lough, Royals (1 third place vote)

Bud Shaw from the Cleveland Plain Dealer was the only voter to have Myers as his third place vote. Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram was the only person not to even has Myers on his ballot. Jose Fernandez, of the Miami Marlins meanwhile, won the National League rookie of the year, so both rookie of the year winners come out of the state of Florida.

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Marisa is an avid Boston sports fan and a tireless sports writer. She has covered the Boston Bruins for Inside Hockey and built a lacrosse media empire in InLacrosseWeTrust.com. She covers the Red Sox and general baseball for Baseball Hot Corner and Boston Sports Then and Now. You can follow Marisa on Twitter @Marisa_Ingemi.

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