During the first half of the 2012 season, we've had a few different front-runners in our NL Rookie of the Year rankings.
Cincinnati's Zack Cozart looked like an early favorite, but the Mets' Kirk Nieuwenhuis quickly emerged as a surprise top contender. San Diego's Yonder Alonso soon put up big numbers and asserted himself as the leading candidate. But then, the phenomenon of Bryce Harper steadily rose up the rankings until he took the top spot.
Harper has topped this list for several weeks now. But as his performance plateaued while other rookies began to catch up, what looked like a strong lead has slowly eroded. What once may have looked like a one-man race has now tightened up considerably.
After hitting his way back into the top five, Alonso has fallen out again this week. He's replaced by someone that probably should have drawn consideration sooner, but has gotten increasingly strong support from you readers and commenters.
So let's get to this week's rankings. If you think anyone was overlooked or would place these players in a different order, please share your suggestions in the comments. As you can see, they can make a difference in how this list shakes out each week.
But as of right now, these players look like the top five contenders for NL Rookie of the Year.