Our voting for the National League Rookie of the Year was close at the top. The winner appeared on five of the six ballots, and the second-place winner appeared on five of the six ballots as well. There wasn't much love for any Rockies rookies, though one player received a third-place vote.
Without further ado, the top three for Purple Row's National League Rookie of the Year Award after the jump
1st Place - Chris Coghlan
#8 / Left Field / Florida Marlins
Jun 18, 1985
2nd Place - Andrew McCutchen
#22 / Center Field / Pittsburgh Pirates
Oct 10, 1986
3rd Place - Tommy Hanson
#48 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves
Aug 28, 1986
Here's how the full voting went:
|1||Andrew McCutchen||Tommy Hanson||Chris Coghlan||Chris Coghlan||Chris Coghlan||Andrew McCutchen|
|2||Tommy Hanson||Chris Coghlan||Andrew McCutchen||Andrew McCutchen||Tommy Hanson||Colby Rasmus|
|3||J.A. Happ||Randy Wells||Garrett Jones||Dexter Fowler||Andrew McCutchen||Chris Coghlan|
Only ten points separated Coghlan and McCutchen, but with only five votes the future star of the Pirates fell just short of giving his team an award. This prize could have gone either way. Coghlan got on base a bit more than McCutchen, but the Pirate hit for a bit more power. In the long run, McCutchen should be more valuable as he provides a powerful bat, has speed on the basepaths, and plays center field.
Tommy Hanson is also a good choice for Rookie of the Year and should appear in the final results for the official NL RoY Award. With a 2.89 ERA, eleven wins, and 116 K, the Braves found a strong starter for the rotation going forward.
I gave that third-place vote to Dexter Fowler as a vote of confidence in his future.
Tomorrow RockiesMagicNumber (that guy just owns Wednesdays) will unveil our unanimous choice for AL Cy Young.