Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/12/12
When the National League Rookie of the Year award is announced tonight, there is probably going to be a decent bit of outrage surrounding it. One player from each division is represented, and the three players that are finalists couldn't be more dissimilar. Let's examine them, shall we? Representing the NL East is teenage phenom Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. The former top overall pick in the draft didn't turn 20 until October, spending the entire regular season as a 19-year old, making his stats even more impressive. Harper has been highly touted since he was in high school, gaining attention at every stop over his career and impressing more and more people every step of the way. Harper's rookie season was multi-faceted, as he hit for power, showed speed on the basepaths, played excellent defense in center field, and had excellent plate discipline. Like hiim or not, you have to admit that this was one of the best years ever for a teenager. Todd Frazier of the NL Central's Cincinnati Reds had a much more one dimensional season than Harper, but it was still impressive despite Frazier playing the season as a 26-year old. While Frazier played both first and third base for the Reds in 2012, his defensive season wasn't nearly as elite as that of Harper's, as Frazier graded out below average at first and about league average at third. Frazier's season was reminiscent of that of Mark Trumbo's last year for the Angels, as Frazier hit for a ton of power. He homered 18 times and logged a .225 ISO this season, comparable to the .223 ISO posted by Trumbo last season (though Trumbo did hit 29 homers in 120 more plate appearances than Frazier). Frazier definitely had a good year, and it was better than Trumbo's last season due to his much higher walk rate. Finally, from the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the NL West, we have the lone pitcher nominated for the NL award this year: Wade Miley. Miley, who will actually turn 26 tomorrow, is much older than Harper, just like Frazier is. But Miley's season was fantastic, and not just "for a rookie". He was one of the best pitchers in the entire National League this year, pitching to a 3.33 ERA and 4.8 fWAR in 194 2/3 innings. Like AL winner Jeremy Hellickson last year, Miley's 2012 saw him post a low ERA despite not striking out very many batters, only 144 for the season. But unlike Hellickson, Miley didn't walk many hitters, allowing just 37 free passes for the season. He really did have a great year. But when it comes to picking a winner, it's really up to what you favor when you're voting for the award. If future star power is your thing, then Harper is far and away the choice. If you're looking at value in regards to a playoff team, you're probably leaning towards Frazier, who played a key role for the Reds when Scott Rolen and Joey Votto dealt with injuries in 2012. And if you're looking at performance in comparison to the rest of the league, Miley looks like a good choice. But honestly, one player combined all three of those elements in his 2012 season, and that's Bryce Harper. Harper's future in this league is so bright that he needs sunglasses, and he'll be one of the premier stars in the league for years to come. Harper played a huge role in Washington's baseball-leading 98 wins in 2012, logging the most plate appearances out of any Washington outfielder in 2012, clocking in second among all of the team's hitters in fWAR, and going bananas down the stretch, OPSing 1.043 with seven homers in September and October. Finally, Harper's performance in comparison to the rest of the league in 2012 held up quite well, finishing third among all National League center fielders in fWAR (behind Andrew McCutchen and Michael Bourn) and third in both wOBA and wRC+ (behind McCutchen and Dexter Fowler). You might be sick of Harper because of the media attention surrounding him, but honestly, it's deserved. His year was fantastic, and just like in the AL, Miley and Frazier would be worthy winners in other years. But in 2012, Harper is the choice. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker