Myers wins AL Rookie of the Year award
Rays OF Wil Myers was voted the American League Rookie of the Year.
Myers finished ahead of Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Monday.
"It's awesome,'' Myers said on the MLB Network show.
"What impressed us most about Wil is how he made adjustments over the course of the year, first in Triple-A and then in the big leagues,'' Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "To step into the middle of a pennant race and contribute immediately isn't easy, and this award is a testament to that. He has the potential to be an outstanding player in this league for a long time.''
Tampa Alonso HS product Jose Fernandez of the Marlins was the NL winner.
Myers is the third Rays player to win the AL Rookie award in the last six years, following Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2011).
"Our scouts and our development staff deserve a lot of credit for helping so many of our guys on the way to those tremendous rookie seasons,'' Friedman said. "We will always have to rely on young players, and their accomplishments have been a huge part of the success we've enjoyed.''
Myers received 23 of the 30 first-place votes and received 131 points, Iglesias received five first place votes and had 80 points, Archer one first-place vote and 35 points.
Acquired from the Royals in the December James Shields trade, Myers did not impress the Rays during spring training and got off to a slow start at Triple-A Durham. But he warmed there and was summoned to the majors in mid-June and had a big impact on the Rays success, stepping right into the middle of their lineup as the earned a playoff spot.
Myers ended up leading all AL Rookies with 53 RBIs while hitting .293 with 13 homers while playing in 88 games.
He is the first position player to win the AL Rookie of the Year award playing in fewer than 100 games.