Craig Kimbrell has been named the National League Rookie of the Year and Jeremy Hellickson has been awarded the American League honors by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Hellickson, 24, was one of the league’s best starting pitchers in his first full season. The former fourth round pick by the Rays posted a 13-10 record with a 2.95 ERA in 29 starts in 2011. His ERA was the eighth lowest among starters in the American League. His 13 wins ranked second on a Rays team that came out of nowhere to earn the Wild Card on the last day of the season.
The right-hander is the second Tampa Bay player to ever win the award.
Kimbrel, 23, looked unhittable at times this season, finishing with a league leading 46 saves for Atlanta. The right-handed fire-baller posted a 2.10 ERA in 79 games this season, while also striking out 127 batters in 77.0 innings of work. The Braves closer set an MLB rookie record this season by recording 27 saves before the All-Star break. Kimbrel is the fifth Braves player all-time to win the award.