At the start of the season, few players were mentioned in the same breath as Joc Pederson for rookie of the year honors.
Boy, did that change as the season progressed.
Monday afternoon, the actual Rookie of the Year was announced, and Pederson’s free-fall down the list of eligible players was impossible to overlook.
#Dodgers Joc Pederson received just one 3rd place vote for NL Rookie of the Year. Second-half slump cost him many votes.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 16, 2015
The voting went as following, with Chicago Cubs Rookie Kris Bryant winning unanimously.
- Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giant
- Jung Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
- Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
Pederson received one third-place vote for the honor. He tied Bryant with for the most home runs hit by a rookie this season (26) and led all rookies with 92 walks.
He hopes to bounce back next season with some minor tweaks in his swing and with the help of a personal hitting coach. His development is easily among the most important aspects of the Dodgers’ offseason heading into Spring Training.
Next season, Corey Seager will be among those in the running for this honor and several consider him a favorite to win.