Sep 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Greg Holland (56) celebrates with catcher Salvador Perez (13) after beating the Texas Rangers 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Holland, Wil Myers Win Awards


Sep 22, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers (9) doubles during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When Wil Myers was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for James Shields, it was seemingly inevitable that he would blossom into the player that the Royals had hoped he would become. Naturally, upon being called up by the Rays, Myers, along with Alex Colome and a healthy David Price, turned around the Rays season, helping to catapult Tampa Bay into the playoffs.

Those efforts were recognized yesterday, as Myers was named the American League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. Myers, despite playing just over half the season, put together a .293/.354/.478 batting line with 13 home runs. He received 23 of 30 first place votes, easily defeating Jose Iglesias and teammate Chris Archer for the award.

That BBWAA award was not the only one handed out last night. The IBWAA, or the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, announced their awards for Rookie of the Year and Reliever of the Year as well. The Rookie of the Year Award mirrored the BBWAA selection, as Myers won the award handily.

Yet, there is a victory that Royals fans can cheer for on their own team. The winner of the American League Relief Pitcher of the Year, named after Rollie Fingers, was Greg Holland. Holland beat out Koji Uehara and Joe Nathan to win the award. In his first full season as a closer, Holland had 47 saves and a 1.21 ERA, striking out 103 batters in 67 innings. As good as Uehara was this past season, Holland was just as dominant, using his howitzer of a right arm to mow down the opposition.

Wil Myers winning the Rookie of the Year Award may garner the most attention, but he was not the only worthy player honored by the media yesterday. Even though it may not generate as much attention at this point, Greg Holland earned some well deserved recognition for his season as well.

Next Royals Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Aug 3131 Aug1:10Cleveland IndiansBuy Tickets

Tags: Greg Holland Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Rays Wil Myers

  • jimfetterolf

    Looks a lot like Hosmer’s first year when he finished third.

    • Dave Hill

      It did. I’m very curious to see how Myers’ career pans out.

      • jimfetterolf

        I have him as an Alex Gordon with weaker defense. I think the trade worked well for all parties but would rather have a dominant pitcher.

        • Dave Hill

          Agreed. Especially if they can extend Shields.

          • jimfetterolf

            I expect that, maybe three years beyond current contract with some escalating millions. Short of a reasonable re-sign of Santana that would be the headline deal of the off-season, then bring in one of Johnson, Hudson, or Hughes for a year or two to tide the team over ’til the in-house arms are established. I like Shields as leader of the young pitching corps and he has shown that he can still control important games, my personal definition of an ace.

          • Dave Hill

            We are definitely on the same wavelength with Shields. Not only would he be valuable as a veteran leader of the staff, but he also has playoff experience, which is sorely lacking on the team. Having been through the rigors of pennant chases in Tampa Bay, he could help keep the young pitchers from getting too high or too low.

    • Eric Akers

      Weaker year in the AL for the rookies. The NL has a few better options. But a good start to Myers career.

      • jimfetterolf

        True. Mike Trout racked up 10 fW his first full year, Myers tied David Lough with 2.4fW this year. Wonder of Lough got any votes?

        • Eric Akers

          David Lough got exactly 1 point worth of votes. No first place votes.

          • jimfetterolf

            Looked it up, one third place vote. And that with the same fW as Myers. Given our pitching and Kauffman Stadium I don’t mind having Lough or Lough/Maxwell in RF. Lough finished with more fW than Beltran did and that would be amplified had Myers or Beltran played at the K.

            I like Myers, just like Lough/Shields better for the team now.