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Craig Kimbrel Wins Players Choice Award for Outstanding Rookie

November 5th, 2011 at 8:58 AM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has earned yet another award after his record-breaking rookie season, as he was named the National League's Oustanding Rookie by the Players Choice Awards Thursday night.

The Players Choice winners are determined via voting by Major League players.

Among his already long list of awards accumulated, he is also the favorite to be named the National League Rookie of the Year, when the Baseball Writers' Association of America announces the winner on Monday.

Kimbrel set a Major League rookie record with 46 saves and posted a 2.10 ERA while compiling 77 innings in 79 appearances — the second-highest total for any big league pitcher.

He also struck out 127 batters in 77 innings and held opponents to a .178 batting average. His most impressive feat may be the 37 1/3 scoreless innings he threw from June to September.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Craig Kimbrel, MLB

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