The American League’s Cy Young Award is going this year to Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke, according to The New York Times. The player missed most of the 2006 season because of depression and social anxiety disorder.

The Cy Young Award is given every year to the best pitcher in each of the two leagues in Major League Baseball. The members of the Baseball Writers Association of America vote each year for the pitchers they feel best earned the title.

Greinke won by a landslide, which was surprising because although he had the lowest earned run average of any other pitcher, other pitchers won more games.

Greinke, who debuted in the major leagues at the age of 20 in 2004, has been open about the fact that he suffered from serious depression and social anxiety disorder and that he had to sit out most of the 2006 season.