The two-man race between Cincinnati Reds infielder Todd Frazier and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley continues for yet another week as the two remain locked in a duel that should last through September.
As mentioned previously, this sets up a classic debate over whether a position player is more valuable to his team than a starting pitcher? Though the Rookie of the Year award isn't a Most Valuable Player award, that's how this race might ultimately be determined. Is Miley more valuable to his team, or is Frazier?
Two other questions worth discussing in this week's rankings: Is the Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Fiers catching up to the Houston Astros' Lucas Harrell for a spot in the top five? And though Reds shortstop Zack Cozart looks to be sliding as the schedule moves into September, should his overall season keep him ahead of Wilin Rosario, who keeps slugging home runs for the Colorado Rockies?
As of this week, these five players look like the leading contenders for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Please leave your responses and suggestions in the comments. (You can also reply to me on Twitter. My address is at the end of this article.) That feedback factors into these rankings every week. Just ask @KevinWill96.
All statistics cited here are current as of Sept. 4.