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Justin Verlander Wins Rookie of the Year

Justin Verlander became the first Tiger since Lou Whitaker in 1978 to win the AL Rookie of the Year.  He’s the first pitcher since Mark Fidrych won it 30 years ago.  That’s quite a long time with no top notch rookies.  He did it by getting 26 of the 28 first place votes.  It looks like one person didn’t vote for him at all while the other two first place votes went to Francisco Liriano and Nick Markakis (huh?).  Jonathon Paplebon came in second place, but it was a distant second.

Verlander’s exploits shouldn’t be too surprising if you stop by here periodically.  He won 17 games with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  For a guy who throws 100 mph, I would have expected more then 124 strikeouts, but he kept his walks down (60) and I think the strikeouts will come with time.  He also had that huge start against the Yankees in the ALDS even though the rest of his post season was subpar.  Congratulations to Justin Verlander.

[…] Brian at Tiger Blog mentions that Verlander is the first Tiger pitcher since Mark “the Bird” Fidrych won the award 30 years ago. Lynn Henning also reports that Harvey Kuenn also won the Rookie of the Year award. Verlander won his first game of the season on April 8th, shutting out the Texas Rangers over 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits. He got roughed up in his next two outings, giving up 11 earned runs over 9+ innings in games against Chicago and Oakland. […]

Posted by Gorilla Crouch » Justin Verlander selected as AL Rookie of the Year on November 13th, 2006 at 8:15 pm

Verlander’s strikeouts are already starting to come. In the playoffs he averaged more than 9 per 9 innings. Command on his curve is improving and he was using it as an out pitch more frequantly than earlier in the season.

Now, if he can learn to pinpoint his fastball, he can become a Santana like superstar.

Posted by Doug Purdie on November 14th, 2006 at 10:14 am

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