Royals honor five

On Wednesday, the KC Royals announced their 2015 team award winners, which were voted on by the Kansas City chapter of the BBWAA. For the first time since 1991, there was a tie for one award.

Lorenzo Cain

Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain was selected as the Les Milgram Player of the Year. He earns this award in back-to-back seasons.

He was elected to his first All-Star Game in 2015 and finished third in the American League MVP voting. He hit .307 with 34 doubles, six triples, 16 home runs, 101 runs scored, and 72 RBIs. Cain’s 101 runs scored was a career-best and the first time a Royals player scored over 100 runs in a season since 2001.

LoCain’s 28 stolen bases ranked second in the AL, his batting average ranked fifth, as did his runs scored.

In the postseason, LoCain walked an MLB-best 11 times, to go along with 11 runs scored and 11 RBIs.

Closer Wade Davis was selected as the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, where he was once again one of the top relievers in baseball.

Davis allowed just seven earned runs over 67.1 innings (0.94 ERA) and went 8-1. He took over the closer role late in the season, converting 17-of-18 save opportunities overall. He also held opponents to a .144 batting average.

Davis’ ERA was lowest among pitchers with at least 40 innings thrown and his eight wins was most by a big league reliever.

In the postseason, Davis recorded four saves and struck out 18 in 10.2 innings.

Alcides Escobar

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Three players were selected for the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award. Shortstop Alcides Escobar was honored with this award in 2012. He was selected to the All-Star team, won the ALCS MVP, and earned his first Gold Glove.

After hitting .257 during the regular season, Esky hit .328 in the postseason with four doubles, three triples, an inside-the-park homer, and 13 runs scored. He also ended the postseason on a 15-game hitting streak.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas was elected to his first All-Star Game via the Final Vote. During the season, he hit .284 with 34 doubles and career-highs in homers (22), RBIs (82), runs scored (73), and hits (156). After the All-Star break, Moose drove in 51 runs, which was eighth-best in the AL.

Utility man Ben Zobrist also earned this award, despite playing just two months (plus the postseason) with the Royals. In those final two months, he hit .284 with 16 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 37 runs scored, and 23 RBIs. During the postseason, Zobrist hit .303 with eight doubles, two home runs, and 15 runs scored.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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