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Nov 10, 2014 6:27 PM

Abreu voted unanimous AL Rookie of the Year

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, culminating a season in which the Cuban defector became one of baseball's top stars.

The 27-year-old led the major leagues with a .581 slugging percentage. He was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBIs with 107.

Abreu received all 30 first place votes for 150 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Monday. Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker was second with 40 points.

Abreu hit .383 with three homers and nine RBIs for Cuba at last year's World Baseball Classic, then defected that summer and signed a $68 million, six-year contract with the White Sox in October.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was the favorite to win the NL award, scheduled to be announced later Monday.


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