Cubs' Bryant unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year after helping Chicago return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Bryant made his debut on April 17, just after the Cubs ensured he cannot be a free agent until after the 2021 season. The 23-year-old was selected an NL All-Star and hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs.
He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday.
San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy was second with 70 points and Pittsburgh infielder Jung Ho Kang third with 28 points.
The AL Rookie of the Year was to be announced later Monday.