LOS ANGELES — Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was voted by his peers as the top rookie in the National League, winning the Player Choice NL Outstanding Rookie award on Wednesday.
Bellinger beat out fellow finalists Josh Bell of the Pirates and Paul DeJong of the Cardinals. Like the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year Award, also won by Bellinger, the Players Choice awards are voted on by major league players.
“Just taking notice of what other players think of you, it’s a cool honor,” Bellinger said last month after winning the Sporting News honor.
This is the second straight season a Dodger was named the top NL rookie by MLB players, with shortstop Corey Seager winning in 2016.
Bellinger, who set a National League rookie record with 39 home runs in 2017, is also a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year Award as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The winner for that award will be announced on Monday.
Clayton Kershaw was a finalist for NL Outstanding Pitcher, an award that went to Max Scherzer of the Nationals.