Nov. 10 (Meslop) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams and Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis have claimed the 2020 Nationwide League and American League Rookie of the Year Awards for his or her spectacular performances final season.
The honors — voted on yearly by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America — had been introduced Monday on MLB Community. Lewis and Williams are the first Black baseball gamers to comb the high rookie accolades since 1984 (Dwight Gooden and Alvin Davis).
“I really feel such as you want somebody who seems to be such as you to indicate you it is potential,” Williams informed MLB Community. “Rising up, I had guys like Derek Jeter and different biracial and Black gamers who simply type of opened the door to that chance for me.
“When you do not see anybody who seems to be such as you, it would not really feel prefer it’s attainable, in a means.”
Williams, 26, is also the first reduction pitcher to win the award in both league since 2011. The fitting-handed pitcher went 4-1 with an 0.33 ERA in 22 video games final season for Milwaukee. He allowed simply eight hits and one run in 27 innings.
Lewis, 25, hit .262 with 11 dwelling runs and 28 RBIs in 58 video games for the Mariners. He gained the award unanimously over Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox and Cristian Javier of the Houston Astros.
Williams edged Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jake Cronenworth of the San Diego Padres to win Nationwide League honors. The Brewers pitcher additionally gained the 2020 Nationwide League Reliever of the Year Award.
“It exhibits how good of a bullpen now we have if I can win each of these awards and I am not even ok to be our nearer,” Williams mentioned.
Williams was a second-round choose by the Brewers in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Hazelwood West Excessive College (Hazelwood, Mo.) product made his MLB debut on Aug. 7, 2019, however retained rookie eligibility.
Lewis was the No. 11 total choose by the Mariners in the 2016 MLB Draft. The Mercer College product made his MLB debut on Sept. 10, 2019.
American League and Nationwide League MVP Award winners shall be introduced Thursday on MLB Community.