Freddy Fermín was unanimously the LVBP Rookie of the Year

There were no surprises: Freddy Fermín is the owner of the Rookie of the Year Award and he won it unanimously, after obtaining first place in the 50 voters’ ballots to total 250 points and easily surpass Diego Castillo (Caribes de Anzoátegui) and Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara).

The catcher of the Leones del Caracas thus joined the list of winners of the LVBP Los Grandes, awards organized by Numeritos Gerencia Deportiva and Line Up Internacional, and which have the endorsement of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, after an extraordinary season in which he was crowned champion, he batted with an average of .404, also adding 38 runs scored, four homers and 28 towed.

The mask also stood out with the second best OPS in the circuit, with 1.048, while behind the plate he also excelled by retiring 64% of the runners who tried to steal a base by shooting 14 runners of the 22 who went out to steal.

“This is something special. I didn’t expect it, because there was a lot of competition,” said Fermín upon learning of his unanimous award through a live broadcast on the Instagram account @losgrandesdelalvbp, with Héctor Cordido, president of Numeritos Gerencia Deportiva, and Mikel Pérez, president of International Lineup.

“Work, without a doubt, is what has influenced these results,” said the big league Kansas City Royals. “Focus, having a work plan, creating a routine and following it is important. I didn’t expect to hit that average (.404), but perseverance is what leads to those fruits and let’s hope more good things come.”

Fermín, who is also a finalist for the Víctor Davalillo Award, could become the third player to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same campaign, something that only Ernesto Mejía (2009-2010) and Odúbel Herrera (2014) have achieved. -2015).

The 27-year-old Guyanese could also join Herrera as the only ones to win that pair of batting title trophies in the same year.

Fermín is the 15th Caracas player to obtain this distinction and the first since his teammate Jhonny Pereda in the 2020-2021 season.

“I’m a person who doesn’t speak much,” said Fermín. “I just have to thank God for this blessing and I also have to thank my family, my wife and the fans, who are the most beautiful thing baseball has.”

Diego Castillo, from Caribes de Anzoátegui, escorted Fermín with 42 points, while Javier Sanoja, from Cardenales de Lara, completed the honor roll with 29 points.

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