Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa had a flashy introduction to the league this past season, and he was recognized on Monday by being named the American League Rookie of the Year.
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In winning, Correa beat out Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (considered by some the AL's top choice) and Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins.
An invaluable part of the Astros as they battled toward their first postseason appearance since 2005, Correa hit .279/.345/.512 with 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 99 games.
Correa's red-hot rookie campaign netted him 17 first-place votes by members of the BBWAA, while Lindor received 13...making this a particularly close race for the AL's top spot.
As quoted by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart on Monday night, Correa basically called 2015 a 'dream season':
As a result of his exploits, Correa joins Jeff Bagwell as the second Astro to be named Rookie of the Year (Bagwell won in 1991). A proud product of Puerto Rico, the 21-year-old phenom told McTaggart just how important this achievement was to him:
There's no denying Correa's impact on the Astros this past season, something his manager A.J. Hinch definitely appreciated. As he told McTaggart:
If the entire league still wasn't on alert regarding Correa's status as an 'elite' young player, it is now. In the minutes and hours after the announcement, Correa's teammates Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Gomez, Collin McHugh, Jason Castro and manager A.J. Hinch showered down congratulations on Twitter, as they're obviously quite proud of being able to take the field alongside him each night.