Joey Wendle, a graduate of Avon Grove High School and West Chester University, finished fourth in the vote for Major League Baseball’s 2018 American League Rookie of the Year, writes Justin Heinze for the West Chester Patch.
The 28-year-old second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays was competing against a stacked class of much younger rookies.
Wendle shined this season by being “consistently excellent,” according to baseball writer Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
He batted .300, knocked in 61 runs, and stole 16 bases.
Drafted in the sixth round in 2012, Wendle played a total of 36 games with the Oakland Athletics in 2016 and 2017, but that wasn’t enough to exhaust his rookie eligibility before being acquired by the Rays.
Read more about Joey Wendle from West Chester Patch here.