The New York Yankees’ right fielder Aaron Judge unanimously won the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year award on Monday night.
The 25-year-old rookie beat out Boston’s Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore’s Trey Mancini to become the ninth Yankee to win the award, and the first since Derek Jeter in 1996.
After starting the year in a position battle, Judge took the MLB by storm. He lead the AL with 52 home runs, 127 walks, 128 runs, and 114 RBIs while triple slashing .284/.422/.627. The rookie was instrumental in helping the Yankees defy all pre-season expectations en route to a playoff finish.
Led the league in Rs, BBs, HRs.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 13, 2017
52 HRs = Most ever by a rookie
127 BBs = Most ever by a rookie
Winning the HR Derby = 1st time ever by a rookie
Was there ever a doubt?!?!? Congrats, @TheJudge44, on being the UNANIMOUS @officialBBWAA AL Rookie of the Year. We’re so proud! 👏💙😭 pic.twitter.com/ZlW38HRLro
The AL Rookie of the Year award is Judge’s third trophy of the season. In July, the right fielder took home first place in the Home Run Derby, and at the end of the season he was awarded an AL Silver Slugger.
On Thursday, Judge hopes to add another trophy to his collection as the American League Most Valuable Player award is announced. He is a finalist along with Houston’s Jose Altuve, and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez.