SBN Awards for Rookie of the Year Announced

Jason Miller

At the end of the regular season, SB Nation's baseball sites were each given a pair of ballots for end-of-season awards in their respective league (meaning Let's Go Tribe had two votes for the A.L. awards). We'll be announcing them this week.

Today we have the Rookie of the Year Awards. There was no contest in the American League. Mike Trout easily won the award, picking up every single first-place vote. Say what you will about Trout MVP candidacy (and you'll have the chance to later this week, when that award is revealed), but his status as the best rookie in baseball this year is clear.

Texas' Yu Darvish received most of the second-place votes and Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes finished in third by a comfortable margin. Trout, Darvish, Cespedes matches the order I turned in on my own ballot. To no one's surprise, there were no Indians mentioned. I have a hard time seeing how Jesus Montero landed on someone's ballot, but that's pretty small potatoes. I think SB Nation's writers did well for themselves here.

AL Award

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels 26 130
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers 16 7 55
Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics 9 10 37
Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics 1 6 9
Jesus Montero Seattle Mariners 1 1
Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays 1 1
Wei-Yin Chen Baltimore Orioles 1 1


The National League voting was a little more competitive. Bryce Harper still won pretty easily, but Arizona's Wade Miley also had strong support and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier snagged a first place vote. I didn't have a ballot for this award (again, LGT only voted for the American League awards), but Harper would have been 1st on mine and Miley would have been 2nd. I would have had Milwaukee's Norichika Aoki 3rd, he finished in 4th in the actual voting.

NL Award

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals 26 9 157
Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks 8 21 5 108
Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 1 4 9 26
Norichika Aoki Milwaukee Brewers 14 14
Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds 1 2 5
Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves 1 1
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs 1 1
Lucas Harrell Houston Astros 1 1
Mike Fiers Milwaukee Brewers 1 1
Yasmani Grandal San Diego Padres 1 1

When the Cy Young and MVP Awards are announced, I'll go into greater detail on who I put on my ballot and why. The Rookie of the Year Awards seem pretty straight forward to me though. Would you have chosen someone different?

Also, if these awards were for which rookie you think will have the best career beyond 2012, whom would you choose? Does Trout still have the edge on Harper, or does Harper being a year younger and carrying even higher pedigree cause you to believe he'll be the better player in the long run? Will someone else prove better than either of them?

For my part, I think Trout and Harper both stand a good chance of becoming perennial All-Stars and eventually even Hall of Famers. The limited track records of players who've been as good as they both were at such young ages is impressive:

Rk Player WAR/pos Year G R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
1 Mike Trout 10.7 2012 139 129 182 27 8 30 83 67 139 49 .326 .399 .564
2 Alex Rodriguez 9.2 1996 146 141 215 54 1 36 123 59 104 15 .358 .414 .631
3 Al Kaline 8.0 1955 152 121 200 24 8 27 102 82 57 6 .340 .421 .546
4 Mel Ott 7.3 1929 150 138 179 37 2 42 151 113 38 6 .328 .449 .635
5 Ted Williams 6.6 1939 149 131 185 44 11 31 145 107 64 2 .327 .436 .609
6 Ty Cobb 6.6 1907 150 97 212 28 14 5 119 24 54 53 .350 .380 .468
7 Jason Heyward 6.3 2010 142 83 144 29 5 18 72 91 128 11 .277 .393 .456
8 Vada Pinson 6.3 1959 154 131 205 47 9 20 84 55 98 21 .316 .371 .509
9 Mickey Mantle 6.3 1952 142 94 171 37 7 23 87 75 111 4 .311 .394 .530
10 Frank Robinson 6.2 1956 152 122 166 27 6 38 83 64 95 8 .290 .379 .558
11 Bryce Harper 5.0 2012 139 98 144 26 9 22 59 56 120 18 .270 .340 .477
12 Ken Griffey 5.0 1990 155 91 179 28 7 22 80 63 81 16 .300 .366 .481

Harper is the only 19-year-old on that list, meaning that we just saw arguably the best season by a 19-year-old ever AND the best season by a 20-year-old ever. Look at the other names on that list, eight of the twelve are among the 40 or 50 greatest position players in history (also, Jason Heyward is pretty good).

I don't know which one will turn out to be better, but I think one day we'll look back at 2012 and marvel at the beginning of two incredible careers.

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