The Texas Rangers awards were announced on Tuesday. Local media, members of the DFW BBWAA chapter voted. There really aren’t any surprises.
Texas Rangers 2020 award winners
Player of the year goes to Isiah Kiner-Falefa. This award is well deserved for Kiner-Falefa. He is in line to possibly recieve his first gold glove award for his defensive work. He had 8 defensive runs saved in 46 games. At the plate, he slashed a line of .280/.329/.370/.699 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI.
Pitcher of the year goes to Lance Lynn. No surprise here. Lynn was in the discussion to win a Cy Young award until after the trade deadline. Lynn still finished the year with a 6-3 record and a 3.32 earned run average and a 1.060 WHIP. He has a 2.3 bWAR on the year which is pretty remarkable for a 60-game season. For the record, I am glad the Rangers kept Lynn instead of trading him just to get something. Of course, JD may consider trading Lynn for the right deal this winter. I’d prefer to keep Lynn around for a couple of more years to fortify the rotation and help groom the younger guys.
Rookie of the year goes to Jonathan Hernández. Again, no surprise here. Hernández was rock solid for this bullpen all year long.
Chris Woodward Harold McKinney Good Guy Award and becomes just the 2nd manager in franchise history to win.
Richard Durrett Hardest Working Man award goes to Jose Trevino. This is awarded to the player to shows significant improvement over the previous season or seasons through hard work. Trevino really dug in and earned his playing time behind the plate. Offensively, he slashed a line of .250/.280/.434/.715 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 24 games. Richard Durrett is the late Rangers beat writer, who passed away in June of 2014.
September player of the month
Right-handed pitcher, Kyle Cody has been named the Rangers September Player of the Month. Cody went 1-1 with a 1.96 in 5 starts during September. Overall he was 1-1 with a 1.59 earned run average and a bWAR of 0.9.