28-year old lefty closer Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has won the Mariano Rivera Award as the best reliever in the American League in 2016! Britton was awesome this year! He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-1 with a American League leading 47 saves, a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP! He only gave up 38 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 74 batters in 67 innings pitched for the Orioles in 2016. Britton was an All-Star for the second year in a row in 2016. Britton has now pitched in 252 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 120 saves, a 3.24 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He is currently #3 in saves (120) in Orioles’ history, behind only Jim Johnson (122) and Gregg Olson (160). He is also #30 in games pitched in Orioles’ history with 252. Whoever decided to move Britton to the bullpen in the Orioles’ organization deserves a raise. In Britton’s 46 starts early in his career, he was 18-17 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. But, in his 206 games as a reliever for the Orioles, he is 9-4 with 120 saves, a 1.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP!
UPDATE: (11/18/2016) – Zach Britton of the Orioles finished #4 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award. He finished with the most first place votes for the Cy Young Award in 2016.
UPDATE II: (11/22/2016) – Zach Britton finished #11 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award.