The staffs at various SB Nation blogs voted for our own version of the Rookie of the Year Award. Here are our winners.
2012 was the season of rookies for the Colorado Rockies. Our home-town club gave 1899 plate appearances to rookies, tops in MLB. Rookie pitchers in purple faced 2009 batters over the course of the season, sixth in MLB. Add the 459 batters faced by Alex White, who was ineligible for rookie status by just 1.1 IP, and Colorado would be second only to Oakland.
The prevalence of inexperience is usually a strong indicator of few post-season accolades, but there is always the Rookie of the Year Award. So do the Rockies get any recognition there? Thirty-five SBNation bloggers (including Andrew Martin and myself) were given a ballot to name up to three players, and not one single Rockie got as much as a third place vote. So no.
The tabulations for both leagues follow.
|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|
Bryce Harper started exceptionally well, followed by an exaggerated lull midseason. He rebounded late in the season to hit .270/.340/.477 with 22 home runs while playing well above average defense in center field. That was good for a rookie season in the neighborhood of 5 WAR, fulfilling his considerable hype to the point of being SBNation's uncontested Rookie of the Year. His season was actually pretty under-the-radar thanks to another teenager...
|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|
You knew SBNation bloggers couldn't get this wrong. Mike Trout had one of the best rookie seasons in MLB history, reflected in his unanimous crowning. Japanese import Yu Darvish had a comfortable lead in second place, while Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes was the only other player to get more than one second place vote. Former Diamondback Jarrod Parker gets the distinction of getting the most votes of any player who hails from the United States.