Power Ranking the Last 10 MLB Rookies of the Year Duos
H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY
MLB awards have been handed out and there was no surprise when it came to Mike Trout and Bryce Harper winning Rookie of the Year awards.
Both were the talk of baseball during spring training and both impressed during the 2012 season.
But where do they rank among rookie of the year duos over the last 10 years?
Here's a look at how the rookie of the year duos stack up over the last 10 years.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.
10. Chris Coghlan/Andrew Bailey: 2009
Andrew Bailey won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2009.
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When it comes to the 2009 recipients of the Rookie of the Year award, there's nothing that really jumps off the page.
Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics went 6-3 with a 1.84 ERA, 0.876 WHIP, 91 strikeouts and 26 saves.
Chris Coghlan showed he had no problem getting on base for the then-Florida Marlins as he batted .321/.390/.460 with nine home runs and 47 RBI.
While both earned their awards, nothing jumped off the page about these two.
If Bailey and Coghlan were rookies in other years (and they put up those same numbers), they wouldn't have won the award.
It just goes to show you that it's all about timing.
9. Ryan Howard/Huston Street: 2005
Ryan Howard won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2005.
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The 2005 class of rookies had a few good players, with the highlight of the class being Robinson Cano.
However, Cano didn't win the award in the AL. Instead, it went to Huston Street of the Athletics. Street went 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA, 1.009 WHIP, 72 strikeouts and 23 saves.
On the NL side, Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies took home of the award. He batted .288/.356/.567 with 22 home runs and 63 RBI in 88 games. That 22 home-run total would go on to be his lowest until the 2012 season.
The numbers look good for Howard, but having another reliever win the award in the AL hurts the chances for this duo to be placed higher on the list.
8. Jason Bay/Bobby Crosby: 2004
Jason Bay won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2004.
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There wasn't a real strong class in 2004 for Rookie of the Year.
Only two players (Zack Greinke and Matt Holliday) have gone on to be stars in the game. But neither won the award in 2004.
Instead, those honors went to Jason Bay of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bobby Crosby of the Athletics.
Bay batted .282/.358/.550 with 26 home runs and 82 RBI. His main problem was playing on a hapless Pirate team that went 72-89 and finished fifth in the NL Central.
Crosby batted .239/.319/.426 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI while playing for an Oakland team that went 91-71 and finished second in the NL West.
Both Crosby and Bay displayed power in their first year in the league, but the average is what hurts them here.
7. Dontrelle Willis/Angel Berroa: 2003
Dontrelle Willis won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003.
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The 2003 rookie class included players like Miguel Cabrera and Jose Reyes.
However, neither of them came close to winning the award.
Instead, the rookie of the year awards went to Dontrelle Willis of the Marlins and Angel Berroa of the Kansas City Royals.
Willis went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.282 WHIP and 142 strikeouts.
Berroa batted .287/.338/.451 with 17 home runs and 73 RBI.
Both players had good seasons and found success over the next few years. However, neither are in the league anymore, although Willis is still attempting to make his way back.
6. Craig Kimbrel/Jeremy Hellickson: 2011
Craig Kimbrel won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2011.
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Two pitchers winning the Rookie of the Year has rarely happened. In fact, when two pitchers took home the award in 2011, it was the first time since 1981.
In fact, 1952 and 1976 are the only other years in which two pitchers took home the award.
Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves was simply dominant during the 2011 season.
After getting his feet wet for a few weeks during 2010, Kimbrel came out in 2011 and was lights out. He posted a 2.10 ERA. 127 strikeouts and 46 saves in his rookie season.
His 46 saves became the new rookie record and his 127 strikeouts led all relievers.
Jeremy Hellickson was another highly regarded prospect for the Tampa Bay Rays. Although not as successful as Kimbrel, Hellickson still did a lot of good things on the mound.
For the year, Hellickson went 13-12 with a 2.95 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 117 strikeouts.
What hurts this year is that Hellickson won the award instead of Mark Trumbo or Eric Hosmer; both of which did a lot more at the plate than Hellickson did on the mound.
5. Geovany Soto/Evan Longoria: 2008
Evan Longoria won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2008.
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The 2008 crop of rookies included players like Jacoby Ellsbury and Joey Votto, but neither won the award for their respective leagues.
Evan Longoria of the Rays and Geovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs each had good seasons in 2008 to win the Rookie of the Year awards.
Longoria, who signed a long-term extension with the Rays just days into his big-league career, hit .272/.343/.531 with 27 home runs and 85 RBI.
Soto hit .285/.364/.504 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI. He also became the first Cub to win the award since 1998 when Kerry Wood did so.
It would've been hard to go wrong with this class. While many deserved to win, ultimately it was Longoria and Soto who came out on top.
4. Buster Posey/Neftali Feliz: 2010
Buster Posey won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2010.
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When Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers won the 2010 Rookie of the Year, many thought his 40 saves as a rookie would be impossible to break.
Unfortunately, it only took one year for that mark to be broken. Still, it doesn't take away from what he accomplished in 2010.
To go with his 40 saves, Feliz had a 2.73 ERA, 0.880 WHIP and 71 strikeouts. No other rookie in the AL even deserved consideration over him.
The NL, however, was a different story as the race was between Jason Heyward of the Braves and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. In the end, Posey got the award, the playoff series win over Heyward and a world title.
Posey hit .305/.357/.505 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI in 102 games.
His play ultimately helped lead the Giants to the playoffs and the World Series.
3. Ryan Braun/Dustin Pedroia: 2007
Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2007.
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Braun batted .324/.370/.634 with 34 home runs and 97 RBI. He beat out Troy Tulowitzki by two points in the vote to take the award.
In the AL, Pedroia won easily with 132 points as he batted .317/.380/.442 with eight home runs and 50 RBI. Pedroia went on to win the MVP award the next year.
This pair will likely do enough in their careers to earn Hall-of-Fame consideration.
2. Hanley Ramirez/Justin Verlander: 2006
Justin Verlander won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2006.
The 2006 crop of rookies was likely the most packed of star talent in recent history.
Those not winning Rookie of the Year included Prince Fielder, Andre Ethier, Matt Cain, Ryan Zimmerman, Jonathan Papelbon and Ian Kinsler.
Instead, the awards went to Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins.
Verlander went 17-9 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.328 WHIP and 124 strikeouts, which is a number we're accustomed to seeing him pass by the All-Star break.
Ramirez batted .292/.353/.480 with 17 home runs, 59 RBI and 51 stolen bases. He beat out Zimmerman by four points in the vote, marking one of the closest votes in history.
1. Mike Trout/Bryce Harper: 2012
There's no doubt these two are the best rookie duo.
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The pair are two of the most highly-regarded prospects in MLB history and should have long careers in baseball.
Trout batted .326/.399/.564 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI and 49 stolen bases. His season was easily the best rookie season in the history of baseball and even had him come close to winning the AL MVP.
His 10.7 wins above replacement led all of baseball and his numbers will likely never be matched by another rookie. Had Miguel Cabrera not won the Triple Crown, MVP might also be on Trout's list of accomplishments.
Harper had a pretty good season as well, batting .270/.340/.477 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI.
While the vote was close between him and Wade Miley, Harper clearly deserved the award more. His hustle on the field and great quotes off provided entertainment for all fans.