My MLB Awards – Rookie of the Year

7 10 2012

Jason over at the Writer’s Journey sent an interesting email out to me and a bunch of other bloggers earlier in the week.  Seeing if I wanted to vote for the MLB awards as part of a blogger / fan poll.  Well, I’m not a card-carrying member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, but I am the author of this small little blog, and this was my best chance to vote on an award like this.  And, most importantly, then voice my opinion on said blog…

The rules were you could vote for up to 5 players – obviously ranking them 1 to 5.  I voted for as many people as I thought were in the argument and/or deserving of a nod.

Today, I pick the Rookie of the Year.  This award might be the most different between the two leagues – it’s about as clear-cut as you can get in the AL, and wide open for interpretation in the NL.  Here were my votes.

AL Rookie of the Year – Mike Trout

2nd – Yoenis Cespedes

3rd – Yu Darvish

This one is probably up there as the easiest award selection in the history of baseball.  Not only was Trout’s season historic from a rookie’s perspective – it was historic, period.  In the history of baseball, only two players have hit 30 homers and stole 50 bases in the same season – Eric Davis in 1987 and Barry Bonds in 1990.  Trout missed doing this by 1 stolen base, and he didn’t play for almost the entire month of May.  He galvanized his team – the woeful Angels had the best record in the AL since he was called up.  His WAR is incredible; it isn’t my favorite statistic but is at least a good starting point.  Here are the hitters with seasons higher than Trout’s WAR of 10.7:

Ruth, Yastrzemski, Hornsby, Bonds, Gehrig, Ripken, Mantle, Mays, Morgan, Cobb, Wagner and Musial.

That’s basically the list of who’s who in baseball history.  The best first baseman ever, the best two second baseman ever, the best two shortstops ever, and 6 of the best 8 outfielders ever (Ted Williams had a 10.7 season, while Hank Aaron’s best was in the 9 range).  None of those players had such a high impact in their rookie season or even their second season.  It’s safe to say, in 2012 Mike Trout had the best rookie season in baseball history.

NL Rookie of the Year – Wade Miley

2nd – Bryce Harper

3rd – Todd Frazier

4th – Nori Aoki

 This was a much tougher choice.  I think you could make an argument for any of these guys.  I probably went with the pitcher because it’s hard to differentiate between the other 3 guys.  Aoki was probably the most consistent throughout the season, while Harper had the most hype and does the best in the value statistics like WAR.  But Todd Frazier was the clear leader at the start of September, and even though his playing time diminished and he went into a slump in the last month, it was really him and Ryan Ludwick that enabled the Reds to expand their lead while Joey Votto was hurt.

With the three hitters being so close, and all of them being good but not that good, I find it hard to pass on a pitcher with 16 wins, a 3.33 ERA and nearly 200 innings.


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