For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Braves have produced a The Sporting News' National League Rookie of the Year.
Following Jason Heyward winning the award in 2010, Craig Kimbrel was voted as the NL's best rookie for 2011 by a jury of 289 Major Leaguers.
Kimbrel set a Major League rookie record with 46 saves and posted a 2.10 ERA while working 77 innings in 79 appearances. His 79 appearances were second only to Braves setup man Jonny Venters' 85 appearances. In those 77 innings, Kimbrel recorded 127 strikeouts and held opponents to a paltry .178 average.
Kimbrel's rate of 14.84 strikeouts per nine innings was also the fourth best ever for a reliever who recorded at least 30 saves.
Though he blew three of his final six save opportunities, Kimbrel held opponents scoreless from June 12 to Sept. 9 over 37 2/3 innings.
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