MLB announced the winners of the Rookie of the Year awards in both leagues on Monday night.
Not surprisingly, Gunnar Henderson won in the American League and Corbin Carroll took home the award in the National League.
Perhaps a bit more shocking was the fact that both men won unanimously, with all 30 first-place votes going their way.
The Cleveland Guardians have to be happy with the results, even if Tanner Bibee didn’t win.
He finished second with 20 second-place votes and seven third-place votes.
Being the second-best rookie in the American League is quite an achievement and a good omen for the future.
Mark Feinsand published the voting results in the American League, and Henderson was the only one who ranked ahead of Bibee.
Here is the full breakdown of the 2023 AL Rookie of the Year vote. Henderson was the only player named on all 30 ballots. pic.twitter.com/vQp3VWjXmH
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 13, 2023
The Guardians righty bested other excellent first-year players such as Triston Casas, Josh Jung, Yainer Diaz, Masataka Yoshida, Edouard Julien, and Anthony Volpe.
He was a force in the Guardians rotation, finishing with an elite 2.98 ERA in 142 innings pitched.
He had 45 walks and 141 strikeouts, too.
Bibee was able to make 25 starts in 2023 and there is no reason to think he can’t make at least 30 in 2024.
He is projecting as the Guardians’ future ace if he can show the kind of durability he had in 2023.
He is still young, but he showed this season that he can dominate MLB hitters.
With Bibee, Logan Allen, Gavin Williams, Triston McKenzie, Xzavion Curry, and Shane Bieber all under contract for 2024 and in some cases beyond that, pitching shouldn’t be a problem for the Guardians.