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November 11, 2019
Houston Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez capped a meteoric rise by becoming the franchise’s third Rookie of the Year winner and second since the club moved to the American League.
Alvarez was a unanimous selection of the award’s 30 voters. Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means finished second, with Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe third, White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez fourth and Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio fifth. (READ MORE) by Bradford Doolittle | ESPN
Considering the Astros had a glaring need for steady production at designated hitter early in the season, the arrival of Yordan Alvarez couldn’t come fast enough. After Alvarez hit 23 homers in 56 games at Triple-A Round Rock, it was time to see whether the Cuban slugger had what it takes to succeed in the Major Leagues.
The Astros called up Alvarez on June 9 and watched him become one of the most dangerous bats in the middle of perhaps the best lineup in baseball. With great plate discipline and prodigious power, Alvarez hit .313 with 27 homers, 78 RBIs and set a Major League rookie record with a 1.067 OPS in 87 games, winning the American League Rookie of the Month in each of his first three months in the big leagues. (READ MORE) by Brian McTaggart | MLB.com