Shohei Ohtani is the third Angels player to win the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award. The others were Tim Salmon in 1993 and Mike Trout in 2012.
Ohtani pitched in 10 games and was a designated hitter in 82 games. The only other full-time DH to win the award was the Royals’ Bob Hamelin in 1994.
Ohtani is the fourth Japanese-born player honored, and the third in the AL along with Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000 and Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, both with the Mariners. The NL winner from Japan was Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo in 1995.
It marked the sixth time a player on the Yankees, who have had nine winners, finished second. Other Yankees runners-up were Whitey Ford in 1950, Kevin Maas in 1990, Hideki Matsui in 2003, Robinson Cano in 2005 and Gary Sanchez in 2016.
No player was listed on every ballot.
Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers in each league city. They are tabulated on a system that rewards five points for first place, three points for second place and one point for third place.
2018 AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
|Shohei Ohtani, Angels||25||4||137|
|Miguel Andújar, Yankees||5||20||4||89|
|Gleyber Torres, Yankees||3||16||25|
|Joey Wendle, Rays||3||8||17|
|Daniel Palka, White Sox||1||1|
|Ryan Yarbrough, Rays||1||1|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the American League. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|Gabe Lacques||USA Today||BAL||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|Sean McAdam||Boston Sports Journal||BOS||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|Evan Drellich||NBC Sports Boston||BOS||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|Steve Greenberg||Chicago Sun-Times||CHI||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Teddy Greenstein||Chicago Tribune||CHI||Ohtani||Andújar||Palka|
|Chris Assenheimer||The Chronicle-Telegram||CLE||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Lynn Henning||Detroit News||DET||Ohtani||Torres||Andújar|
|Noah Trister||The Associated Press||DET||Ohtani||Wendle||Torres|
|Chandler Rome||Houston Chronicle||HOU||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|David Barron||Houston Chronicle||HOU||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Jeff Passan||Yahoo Sports||KC||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|Jill Painter Lopez||Fox Sports West||LA||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Tomohiko Yasuoka||Jiji Press||LA||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Dan Hayes||The Athletic Minnesota||MIN||Ohtani||Wendle||Andújar|
|Joel Sherman||New York Post||NY||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Martin Gallegos||San Jose Mercury News||OAK||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Julian McWilliams||The Athletic||OAK||Andújar||Ohtani||Torres|
|Tim Booth||The Associated Press||SEA||Ohtani||Torres||Andújar|
|Corey Brock||The Athletic||SEA||Ohtani||Andújar||Wendle|
|Dick Scanlon||Lakeland Ledger||TB||Andújar||Wendle||Yarbrough|
|Juan Toribio||The Athletic||TB||Andújar||Ohtani||Wendle|
|Stephen Hawkins||Associated Press||TEX||Andújar||Ohtani||Torres|
|Evan Grant||Dallas Morning News||TEX||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|
|Kaitlyn McGrath||The Athletic Toronto||TOR||Ohtani||Andújar||Torres|