Grienke Wins Cy Young Award

Erika Prins Simonds

Former Spokane Indians player and current Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke was named the American League Cy Young award winner after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts for the Royals this season.

Grienke was drafted by the Royals in the first-round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft, going sixth overall. Following a brief stint with the GCL Royals (Rookie), the young pitcher was promoted to Short Season Single-A Spokane, where he started two games before being promoted again to Wilmington (High-A). He has been in the Majors since 2004 and has compiled a 50-53 career record in six seasons, with a 3.73 ERA and 750 strikeouts.

Greinke won the award with 25 of 28 first-place votes and 134 points, beating the nearest runner-up Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The award is voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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