10/02/2006 4:24 PM ET
Anibal Sanchez voted National League Rookie of the Month
Florida Marlins starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who threw the only no-hitter of the season on
September 6, has been voted National League Rookie of the Month of September.
Sanchez tied for the N.L. lead with five wins and led all rookie starting pitchers with a 1.88 ERA over
his six starts. The 22-year-old right-hander also led all rookies with 43.0 innings pitched and two
complete games. Sanchez allowed 30 hits, 10 runs (nine earned) and 13 walks, while recording 32
strikeouts. The native of Venezuela reached the 10-win plateau in his last start of the season, becoming
the fourth rookie Marlins pitcher to reach the mark this season (Scott Olsen, 12; Josh Johnson, 12; and
Ricky Nolasco, 11). The Marlins are the first team in Major League history to have four rookies with 10 or
more wins. Sanchez's no-hitter was the first in baseball since the perfect game by Arizona's Randy
Johnson on May 18, 2004.
Other rookies receiving votes included Marlins teammate Hanley Ramirez, who hit .352 with five home
runs and 16 RBI; Houston's Luke Scott, who hit .268 with six home runs and 21 RBI; San Diego's Cla
Meredith, who went 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 16 strikeouts; Chicago's Rich Hill, who went 3-1 with a 1.93
ERA and 50 strikeouts, and Ryan Theriot, who hit .338 with three home runs and 11 RBI; Colorado's Jeff
Baker, who hit .375 with five home runs and 21 RBI; Dodgers reliever Takashi Saito, who went 1-0 with a
2.03 ERA and 22 strikeouts; Washington's Ryan Zimmerman, who hit .304 with three home runs and 21
RBI; and Arizona's Conor Jackson, who hit .341 with three home runs and 17 RBI.
Sanchez will receive a specially-designed award for being voted National League Rookie of the
Month for September.