AL OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
After defecting from Cuba in 2016 and spending three years in the minor leagues, 22-year-old Yordan Alvarez debuted with the Astros on June 9 and immediately cracked the lineup of the 2017 World Series champions and joined the ranks of baseball’s top sluggers. In just 87 games and 313 at-bats, Alvarez hit 27 home runs and slashed .313/.412./.655 for the Astros. Luis Arráez, who helped Minnesota reach the postseason, and Eloy Jiménez placed second and third.
Through the Players Trust, Alvarez will receive a $20,000 grant to direct to charities of his choice.