SB Nation Awards: Best rookie

Mike Ehrmann

Time for the 2013 SB Nation baseball awards: they're all being announced today, and I'm sure if you look around, you'll be able to find the results elsewhere, but we'll split them up for 'Pit purposes. This year, Clefo and soco were our voters, and we start with the rookie award.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Jose Fernandez Marlins 29 7 166
Yasiel Puig Dodgers 7 28 1 120
Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 13 13
Shelby Miller Cardinals 8 8
Julio Teheran Braves 1 4 7
A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 2 2
Gerrit Cole Pirates 2 2
Nolan Arenado Rockies 2 2
Jedd Gyorko Padres 1 1
Michael Wacha Cardinals 1 1
Scooter Gennett Brewers 1 1
Tony Cingrani Reds 1 1

Balloting here was for the top three players, with qualification established as for the BBWAA awards, and points given out on a 5-3-1 basis. Here's what our two members of the electoral college put on their papers, and their explanations.


  1. Jose Fernandez
  2. Yasiel Puig
  3. Hyun-Jin Ryu

Fernandez had a 2.19 ERA as a rookie with a K rate above 9 and a walk rate of 3... That's pretty damn impressive for a non rookie, much less a fairly unheralded rookie that's stuck in Loria-Limbo. Puig had a good season, I don't think anybody will argue that, but it did seem to be very BABIP aided (.383), and his K rate was higher than I expected (22.5%). I look forward to Fernandez being traded to the Tigers in a few years.


  1. Jose Hernandez - was worth the same amount of fWAR as Puig, and as noted above was very obviously one of the top pitchers even with a shorter season.
  2. Yasiel Puig - like Kershaw, I wrote him down at the top before I looked at the numbers, but this is still close. Puig probably gets jobbed by me for having less playing time than Hernandez. On the other hand, Puig also rode a very hot June to his gaudy numbers, and slowed down considerably in September. There's no doubt he's a talented player, but It seems like Hernandez had a more complete year than Puig, who also has problems with defense and TOOTBLANs)
  3. Hyun-Jin Ryu - (third place was a toss up, as there wasn't a ton of players super impressive. By numbers you could make a case for Pollock, but it's almost all driven by his defense, as he was below average on offense. I might be biased against Pollock for watching him everyday, as well.

Fernandez over Puig? Shurerly shome mishtake. It looks like most SB Nation writers don't "know an impressive, exciting player when they see one" any more than fans do... Here are the results for the American League.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Wil Myers Rays 33 5 1 181
Jose Iglesias Tigers 2 17 5 66
Chris Archer Rays 3 2 15 36
David Lough Royals 1 2 4 15
Martin Perez Rangers 3 5 14
Danny Farquhar Mariners 4 1 13
Dan Straily Athletics 3 3 12
Brad Miller Mariners 2 2 8
Sonny Gray Athletics 1 3
Cody Allen Indians 1 1
Jarred Cosart Astros 1 1
Nick Franklin Mariners 1 1
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