The shortened Marjor League Baseball season concludes with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the World Series.
Now that the 2020 baseball season has concluded, MLB has begun to present the annual awards.
In the American League, Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis took home the Rookie of the Year honours; while relief pitcher Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers took the ROY honours for the National League.
With a yes vote from all 30 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, Lewis becomes the 12th player to voted a Rookie of the Year winner unanimously. He joins such prestigious company as Carlton Fisk, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, and Aaron Judge.
Lewis spoke on the honour saying, “it’s just a great first step for me and being in that category, it’s just really special.”
Lewis’ eleven home runs, 28 RBIs, 37 runs, 90 total bases, and an on-base percentage of 364 helped him to achieve Rookie of the Year honours.Drafted eleventh overall in the 2016 draft out of Mercer University, Lewis made his MLB debut in 2019; playing 18 games with the Mariners.
While he didn’t win the award unanimously, Devin Williams did become the first relief pitcher to win the honour without having a save on his record.
Speaking on his win, Williams said, “I don’t really think that saves are the end-all be-all. “If I come up in the seventh inning and I go through one through five, I think that that can be pretty valuable as well.”
Williams allowed only one earned run in 22 game appearances – a home run by Colin Moran of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right hand pitcher had an ERA of just 0.33 with 53 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Although he was drafted in 2013, Tommy John surgery sidelined Williams for a time; he also made his MLB debut in 2019.
The Manager of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young Award winners will be announced in the next few days.