After being voted American League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News last week (the award was voted on by 338 major-league players), White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham on Monday was named the league’s Outstanding Rookie in Players Choice Awards voting.
Beckham beat out Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Niemann for his latest honor.
In 103 games with the Sox, Beckham, 23, batted .270 and led AL rookies in doubles (28), RBI (63) and extra-base hits (43) while ranking second in home runs (14) and on-base percentage (.347).
The “official” AL Rookie of the Year announcement, presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced Nov. 16. Beckham is expected to contend with 20-year-old Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (14-9, 3.96 ERA) for that award.