The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Yasiel Puig, the St. Louis Cardinals‘ Shelby Miller and the Miami Marlins‘ Jose Fernandez are the three finalists for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. All three have had solid seasons and are well deserving of winning this award, but the list of finalists for another award may have already given away who is favored in this category.
When injuries forced the Dodgers’ hand to call up Puig, he immediately lit a spark under the entire team and was a big part of their run from worst to first in the NL West. Although he played very aggressively and it caused him to make boneheaded mistakes from time to time, Yasiel was a game-changer every night for the Dodgers. He finished with a .319 batting average while clubbing 19 home runs and driving in 42 runners.
St. Louis’ pitching rotation suffered a few injuries and needed young players to step up. Miller was one of those players and he surely didn’t disappoint. Shelby pitched just over 173 innings, and if the Cardinals would have let him go longer in each game, he may be hands-down the front-runner for this award. Miller finished with a 15-9 record and a 3.06 ERA.
Fernandez was easily the leader of the Marlins’ pitching staff. 20 out of the 28 starts he made were quality ones. Fernandez was the club leader in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, WHIP and ERA. This isn’t the only award Jose is up for — he’s also a finalist for the NL Cy Young award too. Doing this all as a rookie shows that the future is very bright for Fernandez.
When the results are released, I see Shelby coming in third, Puig finishing second and the hardware going to Fernandez.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org