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I doubt anyone will remember it was a narrow victory.
Yeah, down-ballot travesties have a remarkably short shelf life.
Where is that guy that said he'd give everyone money if Harper played in the big leagues?
I have never heard of Wade Miley until this very moment.
2003 Dontrelle Willis - 14-6, 160.2 IP, 127 ERA+, 2.45 K/BB, 3.7 WAR
The crappy team is probably what really did it. He also would have been hurt by his poor catching, though. He led the majors in passed balls.
But Harper's 2012 season, though fantastic for a teenager, hardly stands out on paper: .270/.340/.477, 22 HR, 59 RBI.
But Harper's 2012 season, though fantastic for a teenager, hardly stands out on paper: .270/.340/.477, 22 HR, 59 RBI.... And I think you're underrating Miley's 2012 season. He won 16 games with a 125 ERA+]
Thank god someone else admitted this. I now feel slightly less stupid.
Besides God himself (Giancarlo Stanton), the most ignored potential young star is the Royals' Savlvador Perez. Not rookie-eligible this year I don't think and hurt a bit this year, here are his career stats through age 22:
463 PA, 311/339/471, 121 OPS+, 4.2 WAR, 9 Rfield
and already tied up through 2019 for a max of $21.5 M (2017-9 are all team options).
mike trout led all of baseball and the american league in runs scored by 20 and he only played 139 games
just a heads up for when others read your harper remark
rosario is a dreadful catcher. he qualifies as a catcher only in the stengel sense in that if you don't have somebody behind the plate you will have a lot of passed balls but boy, he's tough to watch.
119 OPS+ was 24th in the NL this year. It was 10th among outfielders, and about half of the guys ahead of Harper were also good at defense/running. Most of them also played 10-20 more games than him. There were four more OF at 117 OPS+. So he had a very good year, sure, but it doesn't really "stand out" any more than Angel Pagan's 2012. I don't think people would have paid much attention if he was 29 and named Joe Smith.
Miley's 125 ERA+ was 10th in the NL. That's also a very good year, and compares favorably to starting pitchers who have won ROY in the past, yet most people don't "rate" Miley as one of the NL's best pitchers.
I mentioned Perez at one point a in September, and it killed the thread. I guess that's what KC does to a guy. He's really fun to watch. He rarely strikes out (he only had 15 in 189 ABs prior to Sept.), ridiculous arm, and very athletic behind the plate despite being a HUGE man. His thighs are probably close to 30" around.
you think it's an eyesight thing? he seems to get distracted by the batter swinging at times
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