Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez, Braves’ Michael Harris voted top rookies


Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez and Atlanta’s Michael Harris II, a pair of 21-year-old center fielders, were named Rookies of the Year on Monday.

Rodriguez hit .284 with 28 homers, 75 RBI and 25 stolen bases, helping the Mariners reach the postseason for the first time since 2001. Baseball Writers Association of America Panel.

Harris batted .297 with 19 homers, 64 RBI and 20 steals after making his debut on May 28. He was voted a National League award from a separate BBWAA panel for receiving 22 firsts and eight seconds for 134 points.

Baltimore catcher Adele Ratshman was second in the AL with 68 points, receiving other first place votes, 18 seconds and nine thirds.

Cleveland left fielder Steven Cowan was third with 10 seconds left and 14 of the third for 44 points. Kansas City fielder Bobby Witt Jr. had seven points, and Houston shortstop Jeremy Peña finished fifth with two points.

Voting was done before the postseason; Peña was voted the MVP of the AL Championship Series and World Series.

Atlanta pitcher Spencer Strider was second on the NL side with the other eight first-place votes and 21 seconds for 103 points. Cardinals utilityman Brendan Donovan was third with 22 third-place votes and 22 points.

Rodríguez, the only rookie in this year’s All-Star Game, became the fifth Seattle player to win the honor, following first baseman Alvin Davis in 1984, right-handed reliever Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000, and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. Voted MVP) and center fielder Kyle Lewis in 2020.

Harris is the seventh Atlanta player to win the award, joining catcher/infielder Earl Williams in 1971, third baseman Bob Horner in 1978, outfielder/first baseman David Justice in 1990, shortstop Rafael Fucal in 2000, reliever Craig Kimbrel in 2011, and outfielder Ronald Happened. Acuna Jr. in 2018.

Rodriguez and the Mariners agreed in August to a $209.3 million, 12-year contract starting next season that would be worth $469.6 million over 17 years if he wins two MVP awards.

Reporting by The Associated Press


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