Baseball America announced their rookie awards yesterday, giving their Rookie of the Year honors to Jeremy Hellickson. Ivan Nova earned one of the five starting pitcher spots on their All-Rookie Team (no subs. req’d), joining Brandon Beachy, Michael Pineda, Vance Worley, and Hellickson. “Viewed as rotation insurance at the outset of the season, Nova ascended to No. 2 starter status behind C.C. Sabathia by the time the playoffs rolled around,” said BA. “He led all rookies with 16 wins during the regular season—New York supported him with 6.7 runs per nine innings—then added one more against the Tigers in the AL Division Series.”
The BBWAA will announce the AL and NL Rookie of their Year awards on November 14th, so still another three weeks away. Nova will undoubtedly get some first place votes, though I’m not sure if he’ll win. He’s definitely a candidate though, the Yankees best since Robinson Cano finished second behind Huston Street in 2005.