Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez led the way in voting and in Box-Toppers points on the way to earning National League Rookie of the Year Monday.
But the player voted American League Rookie of the Year ranked fourth among AL rookies in Box-Toppers points, behind a teammate. Wil Myers of the Rays, who served as designated hitter and right fielder, was voted top AL rookie, though his teammate, pitcher Chris Archer, had the most Box-Toppers points among AL rookie vote-getters.
Fernandez, who ranked fourth among all players, briefly led in Box-Toppers overall player rankings in September. He finished with 19.0 Box-Toppers points, in fourth place among all NL players and more than any other AL player.
Dodgers rightfielder Yasiel Puig finished second in voting, though he only earned 1.5 Box-Toppers points during the season.
The National League featured strong rookie pitchers among the top vote-getters. Shelby Miller of the Cardinals (third in voting) had the second-most Box-Toppers points among rookies with 15.4. Julio Teheran of the Braves (fifth in voting) had the third-most Box-Toppers points among rookies with 13.7. Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers (fourth in voting) had 9.7 Box-Toppers points.
Archer far outdistanced all other AL rookies in Box-Toppers points, though he was only voted in third place. Archer had 11.7 Box-Toppers points. Myers, who finished first, had 3.5 Box-Toppers points, tied for the most among AL batters in rookie voting.
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (who earlier in the season played for the Red Sox) finished in second in voting, though he earned no Box-Toppers points. In fact, two rookie vote-getters, Iglesias and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, have yet to earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors and so neither have any Box-Toppers points.
One other notable rookie, Athletics pitcher Dan Straily finished fourth in AL rookie voting. He had 7.7 Box-Toppers points, the second-most among AL rookie vote-getters.
Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Top players from the winning team of each game are determined by a formula using standard box score statistics. The player on the winning team with the highest Box-Toppers game score is Player of the Game and receives 1.0 Box-Toppers point. The Player of the Game with the highest overall Box-Toppers game score for all the games played that day is Player of the Day and earns a total of 2.0 Box-Toppers points. The top player in the opposite league receives a total of 1.7 Box-Toppers points. If both the day’s top overall player and top player in the opposite league are pitchers, then the top American League and top National League batter of the day receive a total of 1.5 Box-Toppers points each.
Here is how Fernandez scored his 19.0 Box-Toppers points this season:
April 13: Player of the Game, 1.0 Box-Toppers point
May 4: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
June 1: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
June 14: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP.
July 1: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
July 23: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP.
July 28: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Aug. 2: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Aug. 13: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Aug. 19: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP.
Aug. 24: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Sept. 6: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP.
Here is how Archer scored his 11.7 Box-Toppers points:
June 7: Player of the Game, 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
July 9: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP.
July 14: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
July 27: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Aug. 18: American League Player of the Day, 1.7 BTP.
Aug. 28: Player of the Day, 1.0 BTP.
Sept. 13: Player of the Day, 2.0 BTP.
Sept. 18: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP
Here is how Myers scored his 3.5 Box-Toppers points:
July 19: Player of the Game, 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
Aug. 15: American League Batter of the Day, 1.5 BTP.
Sept. 4: Player of the Game, 1.0 BTP
How top rookies fared in Box-Toppers points
Here are the results of Rookie of the Year voting in both leagues. Players are listed in order of their vote total. The far right column shows how many Box-Toppers points (BTP) they earned during the 2013 season. For more: MLB.com’s coverage of the vote.
|Wil Myers||dh rf||Rays||23||5||1||131||3.5|
|Chris Archer||pi sp||Rays||1||5||15||35||11.7|
|Dan Straily||pi sp||Athletics||1||2||4||15||7.7|
|Cody Allen||pi mr||Indians||2||2||1.0|
|Martin Perez||pi sp||Rangers||2||2||5.0|
|Jose Fernandez||pi sp||Marlins||26||4||142||19.0|
|Shelby Miller||pi sp||Cardinals||1||9||12||15.4|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||pi sp||Dodgers||10||10||9.7|
|Julio Teheran||pi sp||Braves||7||7||13.7|
* Jose Iglesias began the season playing for the Red Sox.