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Craig Kimbrel won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Two pitchers winning the Rookie of the Year has rarely happened. In fact, when two pitchers took home the award in 2011, it was the first time since 1981.
In fact, 1952 and 1976 are the only other years in which two pitchers took home the award.
Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves was simply dominant during the 2011 season.
After getting his feet wet for a few weeks during 2010, Kimbrel came out in 2011 and was lights out. He posted a 2.10 ERA. 127 strikeouts and 46 saves in his rookie season.
His 46 saves became the new rookie record and his 127 strikeouts led all relievers.
Jeremy Hellickson was another highly regarded prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays. Although not as successful as Kimbrel, Hellickson still did a lot of good things on the mound.
For the year, Hellickson went 13-12 with a 2.95 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 117 strikeouts.
What hurts this year is that Hellickson won the award instead of Mark Trumbo or Eric Hosmer; both of which did a lot more at the plate than Hellickson did on the mound.