Abreu, deGrom voted baseball's Rookies of the Year

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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu tosses the ball to starting pitcher John Danks for the out on Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson at first during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, right, celebrates with third base coach Joe McEwing after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Abreu was among eight first-time Sliver Slugger Award winners announced Thursday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu hits an RBI-single against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Chicago White Sox's third base coach Joe McEwing, left, celebrates with Jose Abreu after Abreu hit a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu hits a home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated after scoring on a RBI-single by Conor Gillaspie during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu looks out of the dugout before a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu scores on a fielding error by Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu hits a double off Kansas City Royals' James Shields during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo hits a two-run home run off Houston Astros starting pitcher Scott Feldman, also scoring Jose Abreu, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 18, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Mets' Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Seattle. (AP Photo)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, right, chats with a teammate in the dutout during the Mets 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The Mets defeated the Rangers 8-4. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom leaves during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom throws live batting practice during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) stretches during warm ups before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Friday, May 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom puts on a jacket in the dugout after finishing the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the NL honor.

"I don't have any words to describe this moment," Abreu said through a translator on the MLB Network telecast Monday. "I consider myself a good hitter, and I guess I've proven it."

One year after defecting from Cuba, the 27-year-old Abreu led the major leagues with a .581 slugging percentage. He was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBIs with 107.

Abreu received all 30 first place votes for 150 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker was second with 40 points, followed by New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances (27), Houston pitcher Collin McHugh (21) and Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (16), who was hurt for most of the season's second half.

Abreu hit .383 with three homers and nine RBIs for Cuba at last year's World Baseball Classic, then defected that summer and signed a $68 million, six-year contract with the White Sox in October.

He became the first qualifying rookie to lead the major leagues in slugging percentage since Oakland's Mark McGwire in 1987, according to STATS.

Abreu is the sixth White Sox player to earn the honor following Luis Aparicio (1956), Gary Peters (1963), Tommie Agee (1966), Ron Kittle (1983) and Ozzie Guillen (1985).

DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes and 142 points. Speedy Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton was second with four firsts and 92 points.

With his shoulder-length hair flapping out from under his cap, deGrom was a hit right from the start of his major league career.

He made his debut against the Yankees on May 15, a month before his 26th birthday, and his third-inning single ended an 0-for-64 start to the season at the plate for New York's pitchers, the worst slide to open a season in major league history.

"Even coming into this year, I didn't know what to expect," said deGrom, who started the season in Triple-A. "It all worked out."

DeGrom went 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his first seven starts, then won at Miami with seven scoreless innings on June 21. He went on to win nine of his last 11 decisions, compiling a 1.99 ERA, and finished 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.

On Aug. 2, deGrom took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning against San Francisco before Pablo Sandoval's two-out double. He achieved another bit of notoriety against the Marlins on Sept. 15, striking Miami's first eight batters to tie the record for whiffs at the start of a game. DeGrom joined Houston's Jim Deshaies in 1986 as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat since 1900.

DeGrom became the fifth Mets winner of the award, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984).
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