Abreu, deGrom win Rookie of the Year honors

Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:38pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Chicago White Sox slugging first baseman Jose Abreu and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won Rookie of the Year honors in their respective leagues in voting results announced on Monday.

Abreu, 27, was a unanimous choice for the American League award capturing all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

DeGrom, 26, won with 26 first-place votes of 31 cast in a decisive victory over Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, who received the other five top votes.

Abreu proved himself a bona fide slugger after signing as a free agent from Cuba last year, belting 36 home runs, driving in 107 runs and logging a strong .317 batting average.

"Two years ago when I was in Cuba, I wasn't dreaming about this," Abreu said through a translator in a conference call.

Abreu, who showed promise playing for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic, became the first rookie to rank in the top five in each Triple Crown category -- home runs, runs batted in and batting average.

"I'm still the humble kid who came here to play. Nothing changes," Abreu said.

It marked the second successive year a Cuban-born player won rookie honors following Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.   Continued...

Sep 9, 2014; New York, NY, USA;  New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports