The season is over and the awards continue to roll in. Today, the MLB Players Choice Awards were announced on the MLB Network. Three Astros players received awards: shortstop Carlos Correa, pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and second baseman Jose Altuve.
The awards are given out by the MLB Players Association, and voted on by the players.
Correa, the first-overall pick in the 2012 draft, was selected as the 2015 American League Most Outstanding Rookie.Correa joined the Astros in early June. 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.
Keuchel was selected as the 2015 American League Most Outstanding pitcher. Keuchel had his breakout season in 2015, the left-hander started in the 2015 All-Star game for the American League and won the Pitcher of the Month award three times in 2015.
Keuchel finished with 20-8 record with a 2.48 ERA (232 IP), 216 strikeouts, 51 walks, 1.02 WHIP, and .217 batting average against. He led the American League in wins (20), innings pitched (232), and WHIP (1.02). He was top five in ERA (2.48), win percentage (.714), complete games (3), and strikeouts (216).
Jose Altuve was selected as the inaugural "Always Game" award winner. Per the sponsor of the award Majestic, the award is given to the player that:
The "Always Game" award will be given to the player who - game in and game out - constantly exhibits grit, tenacity, perseverance and hustle; all for the benefit of his teammates and fans.
The finalist for the first year award were the Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon and Altuve. It's no surprise that Altuve was selected. Altuve is 5'6'' and the first player in Astros history to collect 200 hits in back-to-back seasons. He's 100% hustle.