Pena caps brilliant rookie season with WS MVP

by Daryn Albert - Jeremy Pena was named World Series MVP after a stellar rookie season that saw him become the first-ever shortstop to win a Gold Glove.

Astros' Jeremy Pena caps brilliant rookie season with World Series MVP 12:17 AM ET Bradford DoolittleESPN Staff Writer Close Sports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers Association HOUSTON -- Over the course of one amazing rookie season, Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena has moved beyond his spring training status as Carlos Correa 's successor. At this point, it might be more accurate to say that Correa, Houston's long-time All-Star shortstop who departed via free agency this spring, is Pena's predecessor. Editor's Picks Astros cement dominant run with second title 25m Alden Gonzalez 1 Related Pena capped his amazing debut campaign on Saturday by being named MVP of the World Series after the Astros clinched the title with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies . Pena, 25, went 2 for 4 with a run scored on Saturday at the plate while continuing to flash the defense that made him the first-ever rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove. For the series, Pena hit .400, posted a 1.023 OPS and led all hitters with 10 hits and 15 total bases. Pena also smacked a go-ahead home run off Philadelphia's Noah Syndergaard during Houston's crucial 3-2 win in Game 5. According to Elias, Pena's OPS makes him just the fourth rookie to surpass 1.000 over a single World Series, minimum of 20 at-bats. He joins Pepper Martin, 1.330 (Cardinals, 1931), Andruw Jones, 1.250 (Braves, 1996) and Randy Arozarena , 1.234 (Rays, 2020). During the regular season, Pena hit .253 with 22 homers, 63 RBIs and 11 stolen bases and enters the offseason as a top candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. He was also named MVP of the NLCS.