Rays' Wil Myers named 2013 AL Rookie of the Year

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Smile, Wil Myers, you've won some hardware! (USATSI)
Smile, Wil Myers, you've won some hardware! (USATSI)

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The BBWAA voters have spoken, and Rays outfielder Wil Myers has been voted American League Rookie of the Year for 2013 and in doing so took 23 of 30 first-place votes. The other two finalists were shortstop Jose Iglesias of the Tigers and Myers's teammate, right-hander Chris Archer. Iglesias finished second overall, and Archer placed third.

Myers didn't make his major-league debut until June 18 of this past season, but on a rate basis his numbers were quite strong: .293/.354/.478 with an OPS+ of 132. The 22-year-old Myers, who was acquired from the Royals last offseason in a deal that featured right-hander James Shields, also tallied 13 homers and 23 doubles in 88 games.

Myers is a third Ray to win the award, as he joins Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 and Evan Longoria in 2008.

The BBWAA has a full breakdown of the balloting.

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