The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) has released its Cy Young voting results today and most of the results were what you would expect. Clayton Kershaw won his third award with all 30 first place votes for a total of 210. Johnny Cueto was a distant second at 112, and Adam Wainwright 3rd with 97. From there, it was a smattering of 4th and 5th place votes for various players. One player who might surprise you to be on the list is none other than the Marlins’ Henderson Alvarez.
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Alvarez received one 5th place vote from Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. Each city an NL team is from receives two votes from established writers.
Alvarez, just 24, had a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the Marlins this season. He showed signs of brilliance at times and had three complete game shutouts this season. Alvarez only won twelve games, but the Marlins only scored 645 runs this season. In 187.0 innings pitched, he struck out 111 batters and had a WHIP of 1.235. He had an ERA+ (park adjusted ERA) of 144, by far the best of his career.
While Alvarez had an ERA in the ranks of some of the greats this year, his lack of strikeouts really hurt his chances. He made his first All-Star game in 2014, and there is no reason he can’t repeat in 2015.
Henderson Alvarez made just over $525,000 in 2014. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2015 and should expect a modest pay increase. He is under team control through the 2017 season, which bodes well for a team trying to secure its entire rotation while the offense is starting to come together piece by piece.
The only writer that voted for Alvarez may be from Miami, but next year that may not be the case.