Aviles makes fine showing in ROY vote

Aviles makes fine showing for ROY

KANSAS CITY -- Mike Aviles got a late start, but his fine first season garnered some notice in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

Aviles finished fourth in the Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting announced on Monday. Among 28 voters, he received two second-place votes and three third-place votes for a total of nine points.

Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria was elected unanimously with 28 first-place votes and 140 points. Next were Chicago's Alexei Ramirez, with 59 points, and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury, with 26 points.

Aviles was called up from Triple-A Omaha on May 29 but didn't become the regular shortstop until June 6. In 102 games, he led all Major League rookies with a .325 average and hit 10 home runs with 51 RBIs.

He's currently playing in the Puerto Rican League and is batting .429 (6-for-14) with four RBIs in four games for Santurce.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.