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Last season's National League rookie class was as deep as any in recent memory, with Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig battling it out for Rookie of the Year honors, and the likes of Julio Teheran, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole and Nolan Arenado all having terrific seasons as well.
This year is a different story entirely, as the field has no clear-cut top choice, and the final month of the year will go a long way in determining who takes home the honors.
Billy Hamilton (.269/.305/.382, 71 R, 55-of-76 SB) has been great defensively and has an eye-popping stolen base total, but the rest of his numbers are sub-par, and he's hitting just .237 with a .580 OPS since the All-Star break.
Kolten Wong (.251/.292/.402, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 19 SB) is the only other position player who has seen regular playing time, but he too has so-so numbers overall.
The two best candidates at this point may be a pair of New York Mets pitchers in starter Jacob deGrom (18 GS, 7-6, 2.94 ERA) and setup man Jeurys Familia (66 G, 17 HLD, 2.10 ERA).
If there's a dark horse that could emerge in September, my money is on San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik.
The 23-year-old just wrapped up a fantastic month of August that saw him hit .379/.416/.484, bringing his season line to .314/.363/.394 with 15 RBI and 23 runs scored. Another strong month could conceivably be enough to overtake the rest of the field, despite the fact that he's played in just 51 games to this point.