BBA: 2012 NL Willie Mays Award Ballot

Ok, finally getting into the awards that matter.

As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I have the privilege to vote for all the end of season awards that are given out. The Willie Mays Award is given to the league’s top rookie.

1) Bryce Harper, OF, Washington

I never thought in a million years that it would be possible for Harper to live up to the amount of hype that was bestowed upon him. But at age 19, he did. Harper led all NL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (4.9). He posted a line of .270/.340/.477 with 22 home runs and 18 stolen bases. He also stole 18 bases in 24 attempts and played very strong defensively (11.1 UZR/150).

2) Wade Miley, LHP, Arizona

Miley quietly put together the strongest campaign by any NL rookie pitcher. His 4.8 WAR was well ahead of the next candidate (Mike Fiers, 3.0). He finished the year 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA and 144:37 K:BB rate over 194 2/3 innings. Had it not been for Harper, he would have won this award.

3) Todd Frazier, IF, Cincinnati

Frazier stepped up big time when the Reds needed him when they lost Scott Rolen and Joey Votto for extended periods of time. Frazier hit .273/.331/.498 with 19 home runs. Also, his 2.8 WAR was 3rd among NL rookie position players.