Former Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole was a unanimous winner of his first American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. The former #1 draft pick of the Pirates is now 33. He pitched for the Pirates from 2013 to 2017 before being traded to Houston. He became the third-fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 career strikeouts during the 2023 season.
Blake Snell took the National League honor, becoming the seventh hurler to earn baseball’s top pitching prize in both leagues. Snell led the majors in ERA last season, pitching for the San Diego Padres. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2018 with Toronto.
The Most Valuable Player Awards will be announced tonight.