Harper the right choice for NL ROY 

November, 12, 2012

HarperJohn McDonnell/Getty ImagesA late-season surge significantly raised Harper's ROY stock.
The rookie of the year awards were announced Monday, with Mike Trout (not surprisingly) winning in the American League and Bryce Harper winning in the National League.

I voted in the NL, so let's start there. It was the first time I had the opportunity to vote for the rookie of the year since joining the Baseball Writers' Association of America a few years ago, and it's an award I enjoy discussing more than the others because it connects to the part of my job that revolves around scouting and evaluating prospects. This year's NL crop was a deep one but had just one true breakout prospect, so he was at the top of the ballot I filed the day after the season ended.