The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will start handing out its annual awards on Monday by announcing the winners of the 2013 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.
The three finalists in each league were announced last Tuesday and, in general, they paint an accurate picture of the top rookies in the game this past season.
The National League’s class, of course, is headlined by phenoms Jose Fernandez and Yasiel Puig, both of whom turned in a historic rookie campaign and are likely to receive votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards, respectively. Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller rounds out the NL finalists deservedly after winning 15 games and basically dominating over the first half of the season.
In the American League, Wil Myers was arguably the favorite to win the award before the season even began, and he didn’t disappoint upon reaching the major leagues in the middle of June. Teammate Chris Archer wasn’t too shabby either; we tend to forget that Archer, not Myers, was the AL Rookie of the Month in July. Meanwhile, Jose Iglesias' defensive wizardry this season between the Red Sox and Tigers is worthy of at a least an obligatory ranking in the final three.