Tampa Bay BBWAA picks Steven Souza Jr. as Rays MVP, honors Jake Faria, Alex Cobb also
OF Steven Souza Jr. was voted the Rays 2017 Don Zimmer MVP award by members of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
RHP Jake Faria was voted the Most Outstanding Rookie, and RHP Alex Cobb winner of the Paul C. Smith Champion award.
Souza ranks in the 3 on the team with 30 HRs, 78 RBIs, an .813 OPS, 80 walks, 16 steals. His combination of homers and steals is unmatched in franchise history, and by only three other players in the majors this season, Brian Dozier, Paul Goldschmidt and this Mike Trout guy. He is hitting .241.
RHP Alex Colome, who leads the majors with 46 saves, finished second and 1B Logan Morrison third.
Faria was a unanimous selection by the writers; RHP Austin Pruitt was second and INF Daniel Robertson third.
Cobb, expected to leave the team as a free agent, was voted the winner of the award given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professsionalism on and off the field. Souza finished second and Evan Longoria third.
Winners were announced Friday at the Clutch Hitters luncheon and will be presented on the field before the game.