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Tampa Bay Rays’ Randy Arozarena, Cincinnati Reds’ Jonathan India named top rookies

Oct 7, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56) runs to third base in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during game one of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 7, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Randy Arozarena (56) runs to third base in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during game one of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena and Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India were named the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards for the American League and National League, respectively, on Monday.

Arozarena played his first full season in the majors after vaulting into the spotlight during the 2020 MLB postseason. In 141 games this past season, he batted .274 with 20 home runs, 32 doubles, three triples and 69 RBIs while stealing 20 bases.

The 26-year-old also committed only one error in the field all season. He entered the season as a favorite for the award after setting a single-season playoff record last year with both 27 hits and 10 home runs. He did not exhaust his rookie eligibility with just 84 regular-season at-bats before the 2021 season.

Arozarena earned 22 of the 30 first-place votes (124 overall) from Baseball Writers Association of America voters. Houston Astros pitched Luis Garcia (63 votes) finished second and Arozarena’s Tampa Bay teammate, shortstop Wander Franco (30), was third.

India, 24, became Cincinnati’s everyday second baseman during his first season in the majors. The former fifth-overall draft pick in 2018 played in 150 games and batted .269 with 21 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples, 69 RBIs and 98 runs.

India won 29 of 30 first-place BBWAA votes and 148 overall. Miami Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers (86 votes) earned the other and finished second, while St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (22) took third.

–Field Level Media