Kimbrel, Hellickson Win Rookie Of The Year Awards

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson won the 2011 Rookie of the Year awards, announced the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Kimbrel received all 32 first-place votes, becoming the tenth unanimous selection.  Freddie Freeman, Vance Worley, Wilson Ramos, Josh Collmenter, Danny Espinosa, Darwin Barney, and Kenley Jansen also received votes in the NL.  Kimbrel tied John Axford for the NL saves lead with 46, setting a rookie record in the process.

Mark Trumbo, Eric Hosmer, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley, Desmond Jennings, and Jordan Walden followed Hellickson in the AL.  Hellickson posted a 2.95 ERA in 189 regular season innings for Tampa Bay this year.

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