Braves Craig Kimbrel Wins Rookie of the Year in NL, Jeremy Hellickson Wins AL
Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the AL rookie of the year with 17 first place votes. The right-hander posted a 13-10 record and led major league rookies in ERA (2.95), innings (189), starts (29) and opponents’ batting average (.210).
Being a huge Braves fan I was obviously pulling for both players to do well, but had Kimbrel as the clear cut rookie of the year. This bodes well for the Braves in the future, especially with the Phillies becoming the Yankees of the National League and buying up every good player. I can respect the Braves for being a real franchise and bringing up players from their farm system that can win games. Kimbrel was huge asset with us losing Billy Wagner last year, and Freeman filled in spot at first base that hasn't seen a star player in quite some time.