ST. LOUIS -- As expected, Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was named NL Rookie of the Year Monday, beating out Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
And as expected, balloting by 30 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (two from each NL market) proved a runaway for Fernandez, the 21-year-old from Cuba. Fernandez received 26 first-place votes with Puig garnering the other four.
Miller was a distant third, with one second-place vote and nine third place for a total of 12 points, just two more than Dodgers lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. None of the other 20 rookies used by the Cardinals this season received as much as a third-place vote (In case you're wondering about Michael Wacha, voting was conducted before the playoffs).
Miller led NL rookies with a 15-9 record while posting a 3.06 ERA in 173 13 innings, numbers good enough to win the award in many seasons. But Fernandez certainly was most deserving, finishing with a 2.19 ERA that wa...