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Miley wins my NL Rookie of Year Award

November 14, 2012 - Andy Heintz
The Major League Baseball Rookies of the Year were released Tuesday, and there is one thing I can agree on. That one thing is that I agree with the three players nominated for the awards. However, I have a different order for the National League than what was handed out.

Here is how I would have voted for National League Rookie of the Year

3. Bryce Harper

The Washington Nationals have a special talent in Bryce Harper no doubt. But to me, just because he had all the hype in the world at the start of the season doesn’t mean he should automatically win the award. And that is what happened. Harper could have hit .220 – and did in the first half of the season – and still won the award. He picked up his average after the All-Star break but still had worse numbers in 100 more games than Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier. Harper finished with a .270 batting average with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. He also had 98 runs and 18 stolen bases but had a lower OPS (.817) and lower slugging percentage (.477) than that of Frazier and he made 533 at-bats this season.

2. Todd Frazier

Part of the blame of Frazier not winning the award has to go to Dusty Baker for playing Scott Rolen way more than he should have. Frazier needed to be on the field and it should not have come after an injury to Joey Votto. Frazier, who won the ROY award given out by his peers, hit .273 and had 19 home runs and 67 RBIs and had just 422 at-bats. So he hit three less home runs than Harper and had eight more RBIs in 111 less tries. He also was significantly better in OPS (.829) and slugging percentage (.498) and was a key part in the Reds not completely tanking when Votto went down. If Frazier does not emerge, the Reds probably don’t win the NL Central.

1. Wade Miley

My winner for the NL ROY is Miley, who won 16 games and had an earned run average of 3.30 this past season for an underachieving Diamondbacks team. Not many people knew about Miley because he plays on the West Coast but he was probably the most consistent all season from start to finish. He struck out 144 batters as well. When a rookie is the best pitcher on your staff it says something about the kind of season he had. And he had a better ERA and more wins than both Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill.


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