Ke’Bryan Hayes finishes a distant sixth in rookie of year voting

PITTSBURGH — After missing out on a nomination for rookie of the year last week, Ke’Bryan Hayes wound up finishing sixth for the award, which was announced Monday.

The Baseball Writers Association of America named Brewers right-hander Devin Williams the National League rookie of the year, and unanimously voted for Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis in the American League.

Hayes led all rookies in WAR (1.8) but did not get much consideration from BBWAA voters. That was mostly because he spent a majority of the season at the alternate training site after testing positive for COVID-19 before summer camp in July. He was eventually promoted to the majors on Sept. 1, where he slashed .376/.442/.682 with five home runs and 11 RBIs.

Hayes received two third place votes -- coming from Dejan Kovacevic and Pittsburgh Associated Press reporter Will Graves -- and a second place tally.

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