Baseball’s postseason awards announcements began today with the National League Rookie of the Year results, and the Nationals wound up with two players in the top six of the race. But their two rookies weren’t even among the top three choices in a loaded NL East field.
Catcher Wilson Ramos finished fourth in the vote and second baseman Danny Espinosa was sixth in the balloting. Braves closer Craig Kimbrel won the award, beating out teammate Freddie Freeman, and Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was third. KImbrel was a unanimous choice.
Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs this year, posting a .779 OPS in 113 games of an impressive rookie year. Though his numbers dropped at the end of the year, he threw out 32 percent of the runners who tried to steal against him.
Espinosa, who set a record for homers by a rookie second baseman before the All-Star break with 16, slumped badly in the second half and wound up as an also-ran in an award that looked like his to lose in July. Still, he finished the year with 21 homers and 66 RBIs while playing impressive defense at second.
Ramos’ finish is the highest a Nationals player has ranked in the Rookie of the Year vote since Ryan Zimmerman was the runner-up for the award in 2006.