Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously named the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in the National League, while Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer earned the top honor in the American League. Nationals outfielder-infielder Trea Turner and Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda finished second and third, respectively in the NL. Yankees catcherGary Sanchez placed second in the AL, with Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin finishing third.  
Seager finished the season ranked among National League leaders in hits (193, second), runs (105, fifth), doubles (40, seventh) multi-hit games (57, tied for second), extra-base hits (71, seventh), total bases (321, fourth), batting average (.308, seventh) and slugging percentage (.512, 10th). According to Stats LLC, Seager is the fourth rookie since 1969 to rank in the NL's Top 10 in batting average and slugging percentage, joining Dusty Baker, Mike Piazza and Albert Pujols.
Seager's 26 regular-season home runs established a Dodgers record for a shortstop. His 193 hits were the most by a rookie since 2001, when Pujols had 194 and Ichiro Suzuki had 242. Seager also set Los Angeles rookie records in hits, runs and doubles; is second in batting average and on-base percentage; and tied for second in home runs.Fulmer nearly became the first rookie to win an ERA title since Mark Fidrych 40 years ago. The 23-year-old posted an 11-7 record and a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts, allowing 136 hits over 159 innings with 42 walks and 132 strikeouts.
Fulmer, acquired from the Mets in the 2015 Yoenis Cespedes trade, delivered a 33-inning scoreless streak from late May into June, and gave up one run or fewer in eight consecutive starts. Detroit won seven of those outings, three of them when scoring four runs or less. The Tigers won six one-run games with Fulmer on the mound. Detroit went 19-7 in Fulmer's starts, 67-68 otherwise.

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