Braves Craig Kimbrel Wins Rookie of the Year in NL, Jeremy Hellickson Wins AL

The Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has won the rookie of the year award in the National League.  He is only the 10th rookie to win a unanimous decision in the NL.  Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a first-year pitcher with 46.  Kimbrel received all 32 first-place votes cast by two writers in each league city to score a perfect 160 points.  Kimbrel was 4-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 79 games and held opponents to a .178 batting average.  His teammate Freddie Freeman came in second place.
 
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.

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