1 (tie). Yonder Alonso (31.25 percent)
1 (tie). Drew Pomeranz (31.25 percent)
3 (tie). Zack Cozart (12.5 percent)
3 (tie). Bryce Harper (12.5 percent)
5 (tie). Rex Brothers (6.25 percent)
5 (tie). Julio Teheran (6.25 percent)
If things play out like this, the National League will have their first Co-Rookies of the Year since 1976 when San Diego's Butch Metzger and Cincinnati's Pat Zachry shared the award.
Yonder Alonso, one of the four prospects that the San Diego Padres received in return from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Mat Latos, will start the season as San Diego's first baseman. While his power numbers are likely to be negatively impacted by the cavernous Petco Park that he now calls home, his sweet swing was sweet music to voters,
Drew Pomeranz, the centerpiece of the deal that saw Ubaldo Jimenez go from the Colorado Rockies to the Cleveland Indians at last year's trade deadline, is a left-handed starter who, even at this early stage in his development, has better pure stuff than many of the more established left-handed starters in the game. Pitching in front of a potent Rockies lineup that includes Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki certainly didn't hurt his case with voters.
What We Were Thinking
Ian Casselberry: Of all the Rookie of the Year candidates in the NL, no one will have more of an opportunity to succeed than Alonso. He has a starting position and no competition for the job, unlike his peers. His candidacy might suffer from a lack of power numbers, but Petco Park is made for his gap-to-gap swing and he'll get a lot of hits.
Ely Sussman: This isn't a terribly deep group, but at least Yonder Alonso will be playing everyday. Although he doesn't possess prototypical first baseman power at this point in his career, he still has a beautiful swing.
Robert Knapel: Bryce Harper may not be starting the year in the major leagues, but he will join the Washington Nationals sooner rather than later. The Nationals need outfield help and Harper is the solution to their problem. While he will certainly go through some rough patches once he reaches the majors, Harper should put up some very impressive numbers while he is still a teenager.
Dan Tylicki: Zack Cozart, shortstop, Cincinnati Reds. In a short time, he has displayed great work both with the bat and glove, and should be the surprise of the season.
Rick Weiner: I was torn between Bryce Harper and Drew Pomeranz but ultimately went for the young hurler. Pomeranz, the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade last season, has a live fastball, killer curve and a steadily-improving changeup. It won't take him long to unseat Jamie Moyer as the No. 2 starter in Colorado and he'll likely be the unquestioned ace by the end of the season.
Joe Yanarella: This is a tough one for me because I don't want to jump on the Bryce Harper bandwagon. As a result, I'm going to go off the grid and take SS Zack Cozart of the Reds. Cozart will break camp as the Reds starting SS and will bat in the No. 2 hole. He had an incredible spring where he batted over .400, including an eight-game hitting streak where he batted .650. He can hit for power and steal bases and that's a great combo at SS.