Alonso, Verlander Headline List of Baseball Factory Alumni To Win MLB Awards
A week after seven Baseball Factory alums won Gold Gloves for outstanding defensive skills, the Factory celebrates two more alumni who were honored with end-of-season awards from Major League Baseball this week.
It was a great year for Pete Alonso, the 2011 Team One standout, who also attended a Baseball Factory College PREP event, as he went from a player on the roster bubble as the New York Mets broke camp this past March to being the sixth Mets player in franchise history to win Rookie of the Year honors. He did so after becoming the first rookie to ever lead the majors in homers, shattering the record with 53 home runs and 120 RBI. Alonso won the Home Run Derby at this year’s All-Star Game in Cleveland. He garnered 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes after playing in 161 games.
Life is great for 36-year old Justin Verlander, part of the triumvirate of aces that anchored the Houston Astros rotation, as he won his second-career American League Cy Young award. In his 15th major league season and second full season (third overall) with the Astros, Verlander set career highs in strikeouts (300), led the league in wins (21) and innings pitched (223.0), while putting up a ridiculous 0.80 WHIP (the lowest in the last 100 years) and tops among all pitchers with a 7.8 WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Verlander was involved in the 1999 Team One Midwest Showcase.