CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A pair of Indians rookies dominated in the final month of the MLB season.
On Monday, the youngsters were recognized for their efforts.
Cody Anderson was named the American League’s Pitcher of the Month, while shortstop Francisco Lindor was named the AL’s top rookie for the month of September.
Anderson went 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 39 innings over six starts to claim his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award. The righty was also the first Tribe pitcher to receive the honor since Corey Kluber won the award last year in September.
In the final month, opposing batters hit just .212 off the big righty, as Anderson recorded 20 punchouts in September.
Cleveland’s 14th round pick in the 2011 Draft finished his first big league season with a 7-3 record, recording a 3.05 ERA (4.27 FIP) with 44 strikeouts over 91.1 innings pitched in his first 15 starts of his Major League career.
“This kid came up and did a really good job,” manager Terry Francona said after the righty’s final start. “And the way he acted and the way he competed is, I think, far beyond his years. He’s still obviously learning, but he’s very willing and he’s got a bright future here. But, the way he competes is really good. I think everybody’s pretty proud of him.”
Meanwhile, Lindor improved his Rookie of the Year candidacy by taking home his first Rookie of the Month Award.
The switch-hitter batted .362 with 17 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples, five home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases over 27 games. He is the first Indians rookie to receive the honor since left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis in 2008.
Cleveland’s first round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft hit .313 this year, the highest single-season mark by an Indians rookie with at least 300 plate appearances since 1938 (Jeff Heath). He also played a Gold Glove caliber defense, ranking near the top in several defensive categories at shortstop.
Lindor will likely be in consideration with Houston’s Carlos Correa and Minnesota’s Miguel Sano for the AL Rookie of the Year Award.
“It would be an honor,” Lindor said of possibly winning the award. “It would be an amazing feeling, not only for me, but for my family, for Puerto Rico, for the organization, the Cleveland Indians, for the fans here. I thank them for all the support they’ve been giving me. It made it a lot funner for me throughout the year.”