Mariners’ Kyle Lewis wins 2020 AL Rookie of the Year

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis has won the American League Rookie of the Year. Lewis is the second straight outfielder to win the award.

Houston Astros designed hitter/outfielder Yordan Álvarez won the 2019 award. The AL Award is named after Jackie Robinson as the AL Jackie Robinson Award.

Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis prays to the sky after hitting a double
Kyle Lewis prays to the sky after hitting a double (Photo by Kyle Lewis/Instagram)

Lewis has received 30 first place votes for the award. No other player in the American League has received a first-place vote. He finished with 150 total points.

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Chicago White Sox rookie Luis Robert received 27 second-place votes. Oakland Athletics rookie Sean Murphy, Detroit Tigers rookie Willi Castro, and Los Angeles Angels rookie Jared Walsh also received second-place votes.

Robert finished with 83 points, including two third-place votes. Astros rookie Cristian Javier had 11 third-place votes for 11 total points.

Lewis is the fourth Mariners player to win the award. He is the first player for the team since Ichiro Suzuki won the award in 2001.

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Besides Ichiro and Kyle Lewis, Kazuhiro Sasaki won the award in 2000 and Alvin Davis was the first Mariners player to win award in 1984.

Lewis appeared in 58 games during the 60-game MLB coronavirus schedule. He had a .262 batting average with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 206 at-bats.

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He also had 37 runs and 54 hits, while also hitting three doubles.

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