Whit Merrifield, Brad Keller and Adalberto Mondesi are the recipients of the Kansas City Royals team trophies for the first time in their career.
Merrifield was named Milgram Player of the Year, Keller the Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year and Mondesi's Joe Burke Award Winner. The selections were based on the vote at the end of last season by the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Merrifield, an infielder and midfielder, led the leagues with 192 hits and 45 steals, making him the third player since the Second World War to have beaten the majors in both categories (Dee Gordon, 2015, Ichiro Suzuki, 2001). The 29-year-old beat .304 with 43 doubles, three triples, 12 homers and 88 points scored and finished the season with a run of twenty (20) strikes at his career best, the longest in the major in 2018.
Keller, 23, made his debut in the German league in 2018 and is the youngest pitcher to win the Bruce Rice Award since Zack Greinke (20) in 2004. The right-handed went 9-6 in 41 games (20 starts) ) and finished eighth in the AHL with an ERA of 3.08, which was the top AL rookie.
23-year-old Mondesi produced incredible numbers last season after opening the season on the disabled list (shoulder), making his debut in the season on June 17 and playing only 75 games (275 at the bat). The field player beat .266 with 13 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 47 points and 32 stolen goals. No player in the history of the major leagues has ever recorded as many circuits and robberies in 75 games or less, and his stolen base total is ranked fourth in the league.