Gurriel ties for 4th in AL Rookie of Year voting

Gurriel ties for 4th in AL Rookie of Year voting

HOUSTON -- Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel tied for fourth in balloting for the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, which was announced Monday. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was the unanimous winner of the award, which is chosen by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Gurriel, who turned 33 in June during his first full season in the Majors, batted .299 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs as Houston's primary first baseman. He was still considered a rookie this season because he recorded 130 at-bats in 2016, falling one at-bat shy of exceeding the rookie threshold.

AL Rookie of the Year Voting
Aaron Judge, NYY 30     150
Andrew Benintendi, BOS   23 6 75
Trey Mancini, BAL   5 16 31
Matt Olson, OAK   1 2 5
Yuli Gurriel, HOU     5 5
Jordan Montgomery, NYY   1 1 4
Name, team 1st 2nd 3rd Pts.

Gurriel, signed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract out of Cuba in July 2016, set franchise rookie records for doubles (43), total bases (257), extra-base hits (62) and slugging percentage (.486). He broke the franchise rookie record for extra-base hits and doubles by a rookie set by Hunter Pence in 2007.

Among all Major League rookies, he ranked first in batting average, and he ranked second among AL rookies in extra base-hits and hits and was third in runs (69) and OPS (.817).

Judge's unanimous win earned him 150 points. Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox finished second (75 points), and Trey Mancini of the Orioles finished third (31) ahead of Oakland's Matt Olson and Gurriel, both of whom had five points (Gurriel received five third-place votes). Jordan Montgomery of the Yankees was sixth with four points.

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Last year, Astros pitcher Chris Devenski finished fourth.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.