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Astros shortstop Carlos Correa named Sporting News AL Rookie of the year

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Correa voted top American League rookie by the American League players.

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So it begins.

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa picks up what might be the first of numerous post-season awards for the Astros. Correa has been named the Sports News American League Rookie of the Year -- an award voted on by American League players.

Correa joined the Astros on June 8, after Houston drafted him first-overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. He was the youngest position player in the Majors this season, batting .279 (108x387) with 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 68 RBI, 14 stolen bases and an .857 OPS in 99 games.

Among AL rookies, Correa ranked first in home runs, slugging (.512) and OPS, while ranking second in RBI and on-base percentage (.345), and third in batting average (min. 400 PA). With 22 home runs this season, Correa set both the franchise rookie record for home runs and the franchise record for home runs by a shortstop.

Correa became the youngest player in American League history to record a multi-home run game in the postseason. He hit two home runs and drove in four runs in game 4 of the ALDS. He also joined Joe DiMaggio (1936) and Mickey Mantle (1952) as just the third player in Major League history age 21 or younger to hit third in the starting lineup of a postseason game.

Correa becomes the ninth player in franchise history to win the Sporting News Rookie of the Year: Willy Taveras (2005), Jeff Bagwell (1991), Jeffrey Leonard (1979), Greg Gross (1974) and Joe Morgan (1965). The Astros have had three pitchers win the NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year in Roy Oswalt (2001), Al Osuna (1991), and Tom Griffin (1969).

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Lance McCullers picked up two votes and outpaced the Indians' Francisco Lindor by 68 votes: