Baggs' NL Rookie of the Year ballot

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Baggs' NL Rookie of the Year ballot

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the NL Rookie of the Year today, and I was among the 32 members of the BBWAA who served on the voting committee.

My ballot reflected the final tally: 1. Harper, 2. Arizona left-hander Wade Miley, 3. Cincinnati Reds infielderoutfielder Todd Frazier.

The outcome shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Harper was the most celebrated rookie in the league -- one of the most hyped phenoms of all time -- and he had the best statistical season. This was the stat that stood out to me as I did my research: Despite being called up April 28, he still managed to score 98 runs -- fifth best in the NL and two better than Atlanta's Michael Bourn, one of the game's most respected leadoff men, who had over 100 more plate appearances.

If anything, I was surprised that Harper only received 16 first-place votes. Miley received 12 first-place votes and nearly won in an upset, finishing with 105 points to 112 for Harper. The only player to appear on all 32 ballots was Harper; Miley appeared on 31.

Frazier received three first-place votes, and in the "losing credibility" category, someone who probably never saw Wilin Rosario play defense gave a first-place vote to the Rockies catcher.

I thought about putting Rosario third on my ballot after he led all rookies with 28 home runs and an .843 OPS, but Frazier was a much more well rounded performer and he made a huge contribution to a Cincinnati club that took control of the NL Central even after losing former MVP Joey Votto for a chunk of the second half.

(Jack Etkin, who has covered the Rockies since their inception, omitted Rosario but had Rockies first baseman Jordan Pacheco on his ballot. That should tell you something.)

Miley was a solid second choice for me and he would've been a worthy ROY in many other seasons. I can't really fathom how 12 voters thought he had a better season that Harper did, though. (Maybe some voters don't like excessive eye black or to be called on the carpet when they ask a clown question.)

Anyway ... in the end, the right guy won. And Harper is going to be a force in this game for a long, long time.

Giants lineup: After nine-run outburst on Monday, Bochy makes no changes

Giants lineup: After nine-run outburst on Monday, Bochy makes no changes

Bud Black and Bruce Bochy issued their lineups for Game 2 of their series at AT&T Park:

Rockies (47-32) 
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF
6. Alexi Amarista (L) RF
7. Trevor Story (R) SS
8. Tony Wolters (L) C
9. Jeff Hoffman (R) P

Giants (28-51)
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
6. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
7. Ryder Jones (L) 3B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Matt Cain (R) P (3-7, 5.54 ERA)

Source: With deadline looming, Giants calling up Hwang

Source: With deadline looming, Giants calling up Hwang

SAN FRANCISCO -- With a deadline looming, the Giants will take a look at yet another third baseman.

Jae-gyun Hwang, a Korean infielder who was one of the surprises of camp, will join the team on Wednesday, per a source. Hwang has spent the entire season in Triple-A. He could have opted out of his contract on July 1 if he wasn't in the big leagues. 

In 68 games with Sacramento, Hwang is hitting .287/.333/.476 with 19 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 RBI.

Hwang, 29, was a star in the KBO before coming over this season. He primarily plays third, although he has played plenty of first base this season.

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie will be placed on the disabled list to make room for Hwang on the active roster, per a source.