Seattle Mariners center field Kyle Lewis was the unanimous choice for the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, earning all 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
He is the 12th player to win the by a unanimous vote.
Outfielder Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox received 83 points followed by right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros, who tallied 11 points.
Lewis hit .262 with a .364 OBP, 11 home runs, 28 RBI and five steals in 58 games, becoming the first Seattle player to win the honor since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.
2020 AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Kyle Lewis, Mariners.
Full voting details: https://t.co/epr3vdxmLW
The 25-year-old entered 2020 with high expectations after hitting six homers in 18 games in his September 2019 debut. Lewis got off to a flying start, batting .373 with a 1.031 OPS in his first 28 games but struggled in the second half of the shortened season, batting just .147 in September.
Lewis led all rookies in home runs (tied with Robert), runs (37) and walks (34).
Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis hit .262 with 11 home runs, 28 RBI and an .801 OPS this season. (Photo: Joe Nicholson, USA TODAY Sports)
The Mariners haven't reached the playoffs since 2001 – baseball's longest active drought – but Lewis and a handful of other young players have created some optimism in Seattle. The team finished third in the AL West with a 27-33 record this season and Lewis could soon be joined in the outfield by Jarred Kelenic, MLB.com's No. 9 overall prospect.
Lewis was the 11th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft and won the Golden Spikes Award that year as the country's best amateur player. He suffered a torn ACL just 30 games into his first professional season, slowing his path to the majors.
Lewis is the fourth Mariner to win Rookie of the Year, joining Suzuki, Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Alvin Davis (1984).
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