Hosmer places third in ROY voting

Hosmer bashed 19 homers in 2011 (Getty Images)

Eric Hosmer picked up four first-place votes in balloting for the AL's top rookie, but fell short of winning the award.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer finished third in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year award on Monday, earning four first-place votes.

Hosmer hit .293/334/465 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI in 128 games for the Royals in 2011. He also was a flashy defender at first base, as he frequently scooped low throws out of the dirt.

Despite his accomplishments, Hosmer was left off 12 ballots entirely, which was curious considering he led qualified American League rookies in OPS.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the award and Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo placed second.

Full voting results can be viewed at BBWAA.com

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