NL Rookie of the Year Rankings: Wilin Rosario Makes a Late Charge in the Top 5

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NL Rookie of the Year Rankings: Wilin Rosario Makes a Late Charge in the Top 5
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Wilin Rosario has 12 hits in his past four games.

It's no fun to say a race is over, but the competition for NL Rookie of the Year has probably been decided. 

With nine days remaining in the regular season as of Sept. 25, there might still be time for one of the NL's first-year players to make a late charge. But Wade Miley has likely built up enough of a lead that he will prevail, barring a total collapse in his final two starts.

This week's rankings have a swap of Milwaukee Brewers rookies. Mike Fiers was nudged out of the top five after lasting only three innings in his most recent start. But that opened up a spot for Norichika Aoki, who some feel should have been on this list long ago.

One player I really wanted to add but ultimately didn't was the Colorado Rockies' Jordan Pacheco. His .306 batting average is second among MLB rookies, and his 135 hits rank third in the NL. Maybe he'll break into the top five next week.

After a little bit of shuffling, the following five players look like the leading contenders for the NL Rookie of the Year Award in our view.  

All statistics mentioned are current as of Sept. 25.

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