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Wil Myers outpoints Jose Iglesias for AL Rookie of the Year

Nov 11, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

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Wil Myers became Tampa Bay’s third AL Rookie of the Year in the past six seasons Monday after receiving 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA.

Myers, who was acquired from Kansas City last winter in the James Shields deal, joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as Rays to win the award after hitting .293/.354/.478 with 13 homers and 53 RBI in 88 games. He didn’t debut until June 18 as the Rays sought to delay his free agency and arbitration eligibility.

The runner up was Jose Iglesias, who could have been the first ever Rookie of the Year to be traded at midseason. Iglesias, who was shipped from the Red Sox to the Tigers in a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to the White Sox, hit a surprising .303/.349/.386 in 350 at-bats on the season. He’s better known for his defense at shortstop, but the voters decided his glove wasn’t sufficient to make up for the slugging gap between him and Myers.

Iglesias got five first place votes. Another Ray, starting pitcher Chris Archer, finished third and got one first-place vote. A’s starter Dan Straily came in fourth, getting the remaining first-place vote.

For the AL overall, it was quite a downer of a rookie class after last year’s triumphant Mike Trout-Yu Darvish-Yoenis Cespedes triumvirate. Minnesota’s Aaron Hicks was the only rookie in the league penciled in as a regular from day one. He went on to hit .192/.259/.338 in 281 at-bats, and he finished the season in the minors. Likewise, Seattle’s Brandon Maurer was the only rookie starter to open the season in an AL rotation. He ended up 5-8 with a 6.30 ERA.

  1. rje49 - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Although I’m a Red Sox fan who dearly misses Iglesias, I’ll agree that Myers has an additional value. By foregoing batting gloves, he speeds up the game.

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    When they gave this guy up for shields I thought royals got a steal but it’s the other way around

  3. Reflex - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This really should have been between Myers and Archer, both were deserving. Iglesias wasn’t bad, but he did not contribute on the level those two did. Glad Meyers won, it was well deserved.

    • unclemosesgreen - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Archer was below average in 120 IP. He was in the bottom half of AL starters in FIP. It’s like being wrong is your hobby.

      • Reflex - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        Good point, you caught me, being wrong is my hobby. You are right, because you can point at exactly one stat and claim he was below average he was worse than a SS that hit for an empty batting average and nothing else. Totally made your point there.

        BTW, Iglesias contributed 1.9 WAR in 2013. Archer contributed 2.2 WAR. Wil Myers, btw, had 2.0 WAR.

        Yup, being wrong is totally my specialty.

      • unclemosesgreen - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        You just used a counting stat to compare partial seasons of different lengths. At least you’re totally committed to your hobby.

      • Reflex - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Its ‘Rookie of the Year’ not “Rookie with the highest average WAR per game’. Its measured per season, so counting stats make sense. Also, Iglesias played more games than Myers and had more days on the active roster than both Myers and Archer. In other words, despite having more service time this season, he still had a lower WAR than both of them.

        You kind of seem to specialize in dumb arguments, my friend.

  4. slaugin - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Myers will be a stud one day, it’s too bad he’s stuck in Tampa where no one I’ll watch him… Sox could have had him for Lester, glad that didn’t happen

    • indaburg - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Well, it appears at least the voters were watching. Apparently, so will you by your own admission: “I’ll watch him…” Thanks. We appreciate the support.

      One interesting note: 88 games, the number of games in which Wil Myers played, is the fewest ever by a position player Rookie of the Year winner.

  5. aceshigh11 - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Gotta give a ton of credit to the Rays for the way they develop and foster young talent.

    It’s just a shame that they don’t have the financial resources to hold onto their talent…otherwise, they’d be beyond formidable.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Their trade this past winter did work out quite well. Yes, it’d be nice to have deeper pockets, but I can’t say any free agent departure to date has been truly worth the contract that the Rays couldn’t afford–some of the due to injury of course.

  6. frank433 - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Trout didn’t win it to defend his title? What a bum!

  7. APBA Guy - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Good discussion on the RoY on Clubhouse Confidential yesterday. For the most part they predicted the race was between Archer and Myers, with Fernandez the likely (and ultimate) winner in the NL. I think Iglesias’ prominent role late in the season helped his vote count over Archer, who had some rough outings in September.

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