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SB Nation NL Rookie of the Year For 2013 Is....Not Jedd Gyorko

Jose Fernandez won the SBN 2013 NL Rookie of the Year with 81 percent of the first place votes.

Steve Mitchell
Last month, jbox asked Wonko and I to turn in our votes for the prestigious SB Nation Awards for the 2013 season. Today, we honor the winner of the SB Nation National League Rookie of the Year, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins.

Like I said in the title, it wasn’t Jedd Gyorko. Just wasn’t meant to be. Jedd Gyorko had an extraordinary year in his first season in the Major Leagues. He had a league leading total of 23 home runs amongst the rookies. His 23 homers also led the Padres this season finishing 1 HR better than America’s Finest City’s Sweetheart, Will Venable. Gyorko also led the team in RBIs, but sadly led the team in the Kooz category, grounding into 14 double plays. I’m sure that’s what cost him the rookie of the year honors. But, all these stats forced me to have to give him at least a third place vote this year. He just couldn’t win the honor this year. Fernandez did. And he had a pretty good year.

Jose Fernandez and his 2.19 ERA to go along with 187 strikeouts made him the man that really did deserve this award. Whether he wins the other Rookie of the Year award next week is still TBD, but he should. His year was much better than the years of the other candidates. Even Jedd Gyorko. In his 1 game against the Padres this season, Fernandez threw 8 shutout innings giving up only 2 hits, 1 walk, and recording 10 strikeouts. Those are stats worthy of a Rookie of the Year award.

My votes were Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, then finally Jedd Gyorko. Wonko went with Yasiel Puig, Jose Fernandez, then Julio Teheran. When all was said and done, the results ended up like this. It's up to you to judge if the SB Nation blogs got it right.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins 29 7 166
Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers 7 28 1 120
Hyun-jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers 13 13
Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals 8 8
Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves 1 4 7
A.J. Pollock Arizona Diamondbacks 2 2
Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates 2 2
Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies 2 2
Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres 1 1
Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals 1 1
Scooter Gennett Milwaukee Brewers 1 1
Tony Cingrani Cincinnati Reds 1 1

Also, if you happen to be interested in how the American League rookies fared in the SBN Awards, here's the results.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays 33 5 1 181
Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers 2 17 5 66
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays 3 2 15 36
David Lough Kansas City Royals 1 2 4 15
Martin Perez Texas Rangers 3 5 14
Danny Farquhar Seattle Mariners 4 1 13
Dan Straily Oakland Athletics 3 3 12
Brad Miller Seattle Mariners 2 2 8
Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics 1 3
Cody Allen Cleveland Indians 1 1
Jarred Cosart Houston Astros 1 1
Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners 1 1