Randy Wells Finishes 6th in National League Rookie of the Year Voting

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Lou

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Randy Wells finished 6th in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, denying the Cubs a winner for the 2nd season in a row (Geovany Soto was an easy winner in 2008).  Wells was a major surprise for the Cubs starting rotation in 2009 – one of the few brights spots during an otherwise disappointing 2009.  Wells made 27 starts, going 12-10 in 165 1/3 innings pitched.  He showed signs of tiredness towards the end of the season, but still finished with a stellar 3.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.  He had 104 strikeouts and 46 walks.

Wells finished with only 3 points, well behind the Marlins’ Chris Coghlan (105 points) and the Phillies’ J.A. Happ (94 points). Tommy Hanson of the Braves finished with 37 points, while former Cubs standout Casey McGahee finished in 5th place with 18 points.  Despite the low points total, Wells made the most starts of any rookie pitcher and he was second in wins and innings pitched.  Manager Lou Pinella had this to say about Wells: “He took hold and pitched exceedingly well, and he’s been very consistent the whole summer.  The good thing about it is he’s gotten the chance to pitch all the way through September.  Next year, you’ve got a starter who’s pitched that extra month.  We look forward to Randybeing in our rotation next year.”  Let’s just hope all the work this year hasn’t tired him out too much, setting him up for a “sophomore slump”.  Going into a 2009 off-season where the Cubs and GM Jim Hendry won’t have too much flexibility to make a big splash in free agency, the Cubs are going to need everybody to play at the top of their game in 2010…

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