|American League Hitters|
|American League Pitchers|
The American League side of the ballot isn't really up for discussion. Mike Trout's rookie campaign was historic. In terms of Wins Above Replacement, it is the greatest rookie season since Joe Jackson's first full season in 1911. Trout was called up twenty games into the season and led a star-studded Angels team to an 89-73 record, greatly outplaying teammates who made far more money than he did. The Angels had a .583 winning percentage with Mike Trout in the game and a .348 winning percentage without. If Mike Trout had been on the opening day lineup and not missed the first twenty games, the Angels would have potentially won 94 games and made the playoffs.
Prediction: Mike Trout
|National League Hitters|
|National League Pitchers|
The National League is a little bit trickier as there isn't a slam dunk pick like Trout. The easy pick is breakout star Bryce Harper, but looking at his stats next to Wilin Rosario's really paints a picture. The two players peripheral stats are just about even, with Rosario actually leading the way in OPS and wOBA. The difference in counting stats is worth looking at, though, as Rosario's stats are equal or greater than Harper's despite having 171 less plate appearances. Without Harper's defensive abilities in center field, nothing distinguishes the two. This isn't an argument for Wilin Rosario as the winner, but it takes a bit of the shine off of Harper.
My choice for the award would be Diamondbacks hurler Wade Miley. He had a great season starting for the Snakes thanks to his control and ground ball pitching. Pitchers of his repertoire are hard to project over a career, so I can't say with certainty whether he will go on to have a stellar resume or if he will be the next Jason Jennings, but in 2012 he was the best.
Prediction: Wade Miley