CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin finished third in the race for the Jackie Robinson American League Rookie of the Year Award, Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Monday night.
Naquin’s season was not enough to win over Detroit Tigers right-handed starting pitcher Michael Fulmer, who posted an 11-7 record in 26 starts. Over 159.0 innings of work. Fulmer held opponents to 136 hits and 54 earned runs and registered 132 strikeouts.
Finishing second, New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez collected 60 hits, including 12 doubles and 20 home runs, with 42 runs batted in and another 34 scored in just 53 games for “The Bronx Bombers.”
Over 321 at-bats in 116 games, Naquin smacked 95 hits, including 18 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs, one of which was a walk-off inside-the-park shot against Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna on August 19th.
Naquin scored 52 runs, drove in 43 and posted a .296 batting average with a .372 on-base percentage and .514 slugging percentage.
Naquin was named the AL Rookie of the Month for both June and July, and was the first Indians player to win the honor twice in the same season.
In 20 July games, Naquin collected 24 hits in 69 at-bats (.348 batting average) with a .416 on-base, .681 slugging and 1.097 on-base-plus slugging percentages. Of Naquin’s 24 hits, 11 went for extra bases, including five doubles and six home runs.
Naquin drove in 15 runs, scored another 14 and drew eight walks against only 20 strikeouts in July.
When Naquin won AL Rookie of the Month honors in June, he smacked 22 hits, including five doubles, three triples and six home runs with 15 RBI and 12 runs scored over 23 games. He had a .338 batting average with a .434 on-base, .785 slugging and 1.219 on-base-plus-slugging percentages.
In his first 73 games with the Indians this year, Naquin registered 68 hits in 206 at-bats (.330 average) with 12 doubles, five triples and 13 home runs to go along with 34 runs batted in and 37 scored. Naquin had a .397 on-base and .626 slugging percentages heading into August.