News sources AJC.com David O' Brien and CBSSports.com Evan Brunell. New York City New York. The Baseball Writers Association of America selected on Monday for the National League Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel and for the American League starting pitcher of the Tampa Bay Rays Jeremy Hellickson for the rookie of the year award for 2011.
Kimbrel set a record of 46 saves in 2011 beating the previous rookie record for saves that was held by Neftali Perez who 40 saves in 2010. Kimbrel 23, beat teammates first baseman Freddie Freeman and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy. The last Atlanta Braves player to win rookie of the year waswho won the award in 2000.
Hellickson is the first Tampa Bay Rays player to win rookie of the year since infielder Evan Longoria won the award in 2008. Hellickson beat Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Preda and Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosner for the award.