Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Named AL Rookie Of The Year

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa edged out Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor in Monday's final tally, winning the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year award.

Out of the 30 Baseball Writers' Association of America voters polled (two from each of the 15 AL cities), Correa received 17 first-place votes and 13 second-place votes to finish with a winning point total of 124. Lindor received the other 13 first-place votes, adding 14 second-place votes and 2 third-place votes to finish with 109. Minnesota's Miguel Sano, Toronto's Roberto Osuna and Oakland's Billy Burns rounded out the top five.

Correa hit 22 home runs in 99 regular-season games for the Astros in 2015, along with scoring 52 runs and driving in 68. He maintained that high-level production during the team's postseason run to Game 5 of the American League Division Series, slashing .292/.320/.583 with two home runs and four RBI in six games played.

Only four players in MLB history have posted a 130+ OPS or more at age 20 or younger: Mike Trout, Alex Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle and Ken Griffey Jr. In addition Correa's league-adjusted 132+ OPS ranks 2nd all-time among that elite group, trailing only Rodriguez.

Perhaps the most impressive feat of all for Correa this year was the fact that he emerged as an undeniable clubhouse leader for the Astros as they staved off a swoon just barely down the stretch of the 2015 MLB season to secure an AL Wild Card berth. Veterans around the clubhouse lauded Correa's approach and work ethic, celebrating his impact as more than that of just mere statisical production.

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