Rick Porcello Wins Players Choice Award For Most Outstanding AL Pitcher

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The Cy Young Award winners will be announced Friday, but Rick Porcello already is getting recognition for his impressive 2016 campaign.

The Boston Red Sox starter’s peers named him the American League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher on Wednesday for Major League Baseball’s Players Choice Awards. Porcello also is a finalist for this season’s AL Cy Young Award, along with the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber and the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander.

After a rough 2015 season, Porcello bounced back in his second season with the Red Sox and put up career numbers. The right-hander led the league in wins, going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 189 strikeouts and a .230 batting average against in 33 starts. Porcello also walked a career-low 32 batters and went 13-1 at Fenway Park, with his one home loss being a 1-0 shutout against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 14.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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