It wasn't a huge suprise that Texas reliever Neftali Feliz won the American League Rookie of the Year award today, though Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson kept it relatively close.
Given that the Seattle Mariners had 12 rookies on their roster during the season, from left fielder Michael Saunders to first baseman Justin Smoak, Mariners fans might be wondering how it's possible none of them got even a third-place vote for 2010.
No, Saunders didn't have a breakout season - he hit .211 - but did manage 10 home runs in 289 at-bats and had eight outfield assists. Smoak, meanwhile, had more at-bats (348) and more home runs (13) and RBI (48). Neither got a vote from BBWAA members. Who did?
Here's how the voting broke down, with the points total:
- Neftali Feliz, Texas (122)
- Austin Jackson, Detroit (98)
- Danny Valencia, Minnesota (12)
- Wade Davis, Tampa Bay (11)
- John Jaso, Tampa Bay (3)
- Brennan Bosch, Detroit (3)
- Brian Matusz, Baltimore (3)