Rounding Third: Fernandez, Myers could snag rookie awards

( - Election Day may have been last week, but there are still some winners who have yet to be revealed.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America will hand out their first two postseason awards on Monday when the American and National League Rookies of the Year will be announced.

Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig may have received most of the headlines this season, but no rookie in either league was more electric than Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez, who has already won his share of rookie awards since the end of the season and is also a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award.

In a year that not much went right for the 100-loss Marlins, Fernandez turned in perhaps the best rookie season in team history, going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA. He also struck out a team rookie record 187 batters, and he posted a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of 0.98.

From June 1 to the end of the season, Fernandez's 1.50 ERA was the best in the NL. The Marlins were also 18-10 in his 28 starts and Fernandez was 9-0 at home with a 1.19 ERA, while holding opponents to .164 clip at Marlins Park.

Puig, meanwhile, is one of the other two finalists after taking the Major League Baseball world by storm following his June 3 debut.

The Cuban outfielder burst on the scene by hitting .436 with 44 hits and seven home runs in his first month with the team. His numbers slowly decreased after that and managed just a .214 over the final month of the season.

Still, in the 104 games in which Puig was in the lineup, the Dodgers posted a 66-38 record.

The NL's other finalist is St. Louis righty Shelby Miller, who was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA. He pitched to a 2.92 ERA over the first half of the season, but struggled a bit in the second half. Still, he posted a 2.76 ERA over his final five starts, but he did not start a game in the playoffs for the NL pennant- winning Cardinals.

Like Fernandez in the NL, Tampa Bay's Wil Myers has already won a few rookie awards this offseason. He's joined by teammate Chris Archer and slick-fielding Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias as finalists for BBWAA's AL rookie award.

Acquired last winter from Kansas City in the James Shields deal, Myers didn't debut with the Rays until June 18, but led all AL rookies with 53 RBI, which he compiled in only 88 games. Myers also batted .293 with 13 home runs to help the Rays reach the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

In addition to his RBI total, Myers paced AL rookies in doubles (23), on-base percentage (.354) and slugging percentage (.478), and was second in batting average, runs scored (50) and home runs. Plus, he had a 12-game hitting streak and 22-game on-base streak.

Luckily for Myers, votes were tallied before the postseason. Myers struggled mightily in the playoffs, going just 2-for-20.

Archer was both the AL Rookie of the Month and the AL Pitcher of the Month for July after he went 4-0 with two shutouts and a 0.73 ERA in 37 innings (five starts). He declined sharply after that and pitched to a 4.78 in five September starts.

Overall, though, the 25-year-old pitcher went 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA and struck out 101 batters over 128 2/3 innings.

Iglesias started the year with Boston but was moved to Detroit as part of a three-team deal with Chicago that landed righty Jake Peavy with the Red Sox.

The 23-year-old played 63 games for the Red Sox and hit .330, while posting a .785 OPS with 71 hits in 63 games. His offensive production dipped after the trade, as he batted only .259 in 46 games for the Tigers.

However, anything Iglesias does at the plate is a bonus, as his worth comes in the field, where he already produced a number of highlight-reel plays.



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