55 NS: Yoandy Cruz named NS's top rookie

Pinar del Río Vegueros right-hander pitcher Yoandy Cruz is the winner of the 2015-16 NS Rookie of the Year Award.

Cruz had amazing numbers with Pinar del Río during the first half of the 2015-16 season, leading all rookies with a 5-0 record and an extraordinary 1.95 ERA.

At the end of the 55 NS campaign Cruz had record of 8-2 (.800) after 17 games pitched – 13 starts - with an ERA of 3.42 in 73 2/3 innings. 

Cruz had 31 struck outs and 29 walks while the opponents hit .275 against him. He compiled a WHIP of 1.43.

At 29 Cruz became one of the oldest players to win the award.

Cruz also becomes the fourth player in franchise history to win the award.

The right-hander is the first Vegueros player to win the award since Vladimir Gutiérrez did it in 2014.

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