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Cincinnati Reds utility man Todd Frazier broke in as a 26-year-old rookie and shined when called upon.
Frazier filled in for both Scott Rolen and Joey Votto and, at times, plugged holes at shortstop and in the outfield in a stellar rookie season.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley fashioned a pretty nice season for himself as well. Miley posted a 16-11 record, 3.33 ERA and 1.182 WHIP.
However, Harper broke into the majors as a 19-year-old, becoming just the second teenager ever to hit 20 home runs (Tony Conigliaro, 1964). It's important to note that Harper was drafted as a catcher, yet just two years later, he impressed just about everyone with his defensive skills in the outfield.
Harper showed flashes of the five-tool skills that experts have been touting ever since first viewing him in travel leagues when he was 16 years old.
Frazier's value to the Reds certainly can't be understated, and Miley was exceptional in his first season, too.
However, Harper was ultimately the right choice here. The talent was evident, and his production was equally as impressive. The vote was close, as it should have been. But in the end, voters got it right.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.