By Joseph Hayes
It didn’t end exactly the way we had all hoped.
St. Clair High School graduate and San Diego Padres rookie infielder Jake Cronenworth had a season for the record books.
Cronenworth ended up playing a key role for the Padres throughout their resurgent season and was recognized for his performance by ending the year among the top rookies in baseball.
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Cronenworth would win The Sporting News National League Rookie of the Year and finish among the finalist in the prestigious Baseball Writers Association of America National League Rookie of the Year class.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Devin Williams was named the winner of the award on Monday.
Williams finished the season with a 4-1 record and 0.33 ERA. In 22 appearances this season he was first or tied first among relievers in ERA (1st), strikeouts (tied first, 53) opponent batting average (1st, .090) and WHIP (1st, 0.63).
Cronenworth hit .285 in 54 games with 49 hits (15 doubles, three triples), to go along with four home runs and 20 RBIs.