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Fernandez, Rays’ Myers BBWAA rookie award finalists

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Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez already have two rookie of the year honors to their credit. Come Monday, they should both have a third.

Marlins right-hander Fernandez, the Alonso High product, is a finalist for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Rookie of the Year Award. Myers and Tampa Bay Rays teammate Chris Archer, along with Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, are finalists for the BBWAA’s American League Rookie of the Year Award. The awards will be announced Monday evening on the MLB Network.

“I really feel like Wil’s going to take the award home, and he deserves that,” Archer said. “… I’m good with coming in third place, because I was the only pitcher on the list.”

Fernandez, also a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award, is up against Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig for NL rookie of the year honors.

MLB Network analyst Billy Ripken said he expects Fernandez to be voted the NL’s top rookie.

“He might be the best of all the young pitchers out there in baseball,” Ripken said.

Fernandez had a 1.50 ERA during his last 18 starts. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Award, had a 1.96 ERA during that span.

Myers, despite playing only 88 games, led AL rookies with 53 RBIs, 23 doubles, 36 extra-base hits, a .478 slugging percentage, an .831 on-base plus slugging percentage and 15 go-ahead RBIs.

Like Fernandez in the National League, Myers was named rookie of the year in the AL by The Sporting News and was voted the AL outstanding Rookie in the 2013 Players Choice Awards.

Myers said it was special to receive those awards based on votes by the players.

“That’s definitely cool to be selected by my peers,” he said. “They can acknowledge that I played well this year. To be selected by the guys you play against every day I thought was pretty cool.”

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