Had voting for the National League Rookie of the Year award taken place on August 20, Stephen Strasburg might well have won.
Of course, the actual voting by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America took place right at the conclusion of the regular season, well after Strasburg had undergone Tommy John surgery. Thus, the Nats' young pitching stud fell back in the pack to a deep and talented rookie class that included Buster Posey and Jason Heyward, among others.
Way back in the pack.
The BBWAA just revealed the balloting for both the NL and AL awards. Posey, with 129 points, beat out Heyward (107) to win the NL award. Seven other players received votes: Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, Neil Walker, Starlin Castro, Ike Davis, Jose Tabata and Jonny Venters.
You'll notice Strasburg's name appears nowhere on that list. Thus, in the end, he wasn't even considered one of the top nine NL rookies this season. While I'm a little surprised at that, I'm not completely shocked. Writers only list three players per ballot, so Strasburg would have had to be considered the third-best NL rookie by someone to receive any votes at all. Given that he only pitched in 12 games over a 2 1/2-month span, it's understandable he didn't crack anyone's top three.
For those who don't know, two BBWAA members from each NL city vote for each of the organization's four season awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year). I did have a vote in one of the categories, but not this one. I'll reveal mine once it is announced.
Neftali Feliz, by the way, easily won AL Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Jackson finished second, with Danny Valencia third. Four other players got votes: Wade Davis, John Jaso, Brennan Boesch and Brian Matusz.