The hardware hasn’t stopped coming for Jake Cronenworth.
On Thursday morning, the 26-year old rookie was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year by Baseball Digest. He joined Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis who won the award for the American League. Cronenworth won five of the seven first-place votes which is coincidentally the same amount that Lewis won.
Brewers reliever Devin Williams and Dodgers right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin were the other top challengers to Cronenworth, taking second and third, respectively. Williams received one first-place vote while Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pirates third baseman, took fourth and received the final first-place vote.
Cronenworth slashed .285/.354/.477 with four home runs and an .831 OPS in 54 games for the Friars. He played all across the infield in 2020, showing that he can make plays from anywhere en route to being one of San Diego’s best defensive players.
Cronenworth led all National League rookies with 26 runs scored, 15 doubles, and three triples while ranking second in hits (49), walks (18), and RBIs (20).
He becomes the fourth Padres player to be named Baseball Digest’s NL Rookie of the Year, joining Butch Metzger (1976), Ozzie Smith (1978) and Benito Santiago (1987).