On Monday, Major League Baseball announced Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers as the winner of the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year award.
The 22-year old Myers hit .293, had an on-base percentage of .354 and slugged .478. Myers hit 13 home runs, drove in 53 runs and walked 33 times in only 88 games for the Rays in 2013.
Myers received 23 of a possible 30 votes.
Fellow Ray, pitcher Chris Archer, finished third.
“It’s awesome,” Myers said when told he won the award.
Myers was originally selected with the 91st overall pick in the third round of the 2009 draft by the Kansas City Royals. On December 9, 2012, the Thomasville, North Carolina was traded from the Royals to the Rays. Along with the Myers, the Rays received Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard and Mike Montgomery. They Rays sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.
After leaving Myers in the minors for the early portion of the season, he was called up on June 17. He got his first hit in the second game of a double header against the Red Sox that same day.