Tampa Bay, Fla. (970 WFLA/620 WDAE) - He may have arrived later than most rookies, but outfielder Wil Myers' 88 games with Tampa Bay were enough to net him the big prize for first-year players.
Myers was named the American League Rookie of the Year Monday by the Baseball Writers Association of America, besting both teammate Chris Archer and Detroit shortsop Jose Iglesias.
The 22-year-old hit .293 / .354 / .478 with 13 home runs and a AL rookie-best 53 RBI. Iglesias led American League rookies with a .303 batting average with 3 homers and 29 RBI in 109 games played. Archer, 25, finished the year 9-7 with a 3.22 earned run average in 23 big-league starts.
Myers previously was named the Top American League Rookie by The Sporting News in October, and also won the MLB Players Choice Award for Outstanding Rookie in the American League last week, beating out both Archer and Iglesias for each award.