Mark Trombo of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves are my choices for the Willie Mays Rookie of the Year Award.
As a writer and member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I have the honor and priviledge of voting on all post season awards for the BBA.
The Willie Mays Award will be announced by the BBA on October 13th.
Mark Trombo, the Angels rookie first baseman, played in 149 games in 2011 for the Angels, and led all American League rookies with 29 homers and 87 runs batted in.
Trombo also played pretty well in the field, with a .993 fielding percentage for the 2nd place Angels.
My second place vote goes to the Yankees Ivan Nova, who was 16-4, with a 3.70 era in 28 games with A.L. East champion New York.
Eric Hosmer, the KC Royals fine rookie first baseman, receives my 3rd place vote.
Hosmer hit .293, with 27 homers and 78 rbi.
Craig Kimbrell was brilliant closing out games for the Braves as a rookie, collecting a rookie record 46 saves.
Kimbrell struck out 127 batters in 77 innings of relief, allowing just 48 hits in 79 games.
The Phillies Vance Worley receives my 2nd place vote.
In 2011 Worley became a great surprise to an already great pitching staff in Philly, as the right hander won 11 games, had an era of 3.01, and struck out 119 batters.
My 3rd place vote goes to the Braves Freddie Freeman
Freeman led N.L. rookies with 161 hits, 21 home runs(tied) and 76 rbi.