By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Houston Astros did not win the World Series. They were eliminated in Game 7 by the Washington Nationals.
But one of the members of the team is going home with some hardware. Rookie Yordan Álvarez received the American League Rookie of the Years honors on Tuesday night.
“What an incredible year and recognition for Alvarez,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said through the team. “He did everything we could have asked and more. His dynamic presence on our team is undeniable. I’m proud of how he handled his transition to the big leagues, his immediate success, all the attention, and ultimately his actions as a teammate. A great and well-deserved honor.”
He played in just 87 games. Yet, he had one of the best rookie seasons in American League history.
Álvarez received 150 total points in the voting. He is the 11th unanimous winner in the American League.
“It was a really good experience for the future, being able to play in big stadiums with a lot of fans,” said Alvarez, who plans to work on his defense in the offseason to perhaps play more games in the field next year. “I really felt focused on what I was doing, but obviously paying attention to everything around me.”
He is just the third Astros player to win the Rookie of the Year honors. Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell won the honors in 1991 in the National League, then Carlos Correa won it in the American League in 2015.
Álvarez defeated several players on the ballot, including two members of the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means was second with 53 points. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe was third with 27 points.
The 22-year-old Las Tunas, Cuba native made his MLB debut on June 9, 2019. In his first season in the Majors, he had a .297 batting average with 24 home runs and 71 RBIs in 99 hits over 333 at-bats.
Álvarez also had 24 doubles, one triple and scored 59 runs on the season.
The team was 56-31 overall with him on the roster. The team was 54-29 in starts.
He had a nine-game hit streak and a 29-game on-base streak. He also went eight games without a home run and five games without an RBI.
In his debut, he went 1 of 3 with a two-run home run against the Orioles. Later in the season against the Orioles on August 10th, he hit three home runs.
American League results
1) Yordan Alvarez, HOU: 30 (1st place) — 150 points
2) John Means , BAL: 16 (2nd), 5 (3rd) — 53
3) Brandon Lowe, TB: 6 (2nd), 9 (3rd) — 27
4) Eloy Jiménez, CWS: 4 (2nd), 8 (3rd) — 20
5) Cavan Biggio, TOR: 2 (2nd), 1 (3rd) — 7
6) Luis Arraez, MIN: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd) — 5
7) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd) — 4
8) Oscar Mercado, CLE: 3 (3rd) — 3