When the Major League Baseball season started back in April, many people expected Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper to finish at the top of the pack in the Rookie of the Year contest.
When Harper was announced as the winner on Monday, Toms River South alum Todd Frazier also made his case for the best newcomer in the senior league.
Playing for the Cincinnati Reds in his first full season in the league, Frazier hit .273 and knocked out 19 home runs while bringing in 67 RBI. Those stats put him right in line with Harper, who won the award after hitting .270 with 22 homers and 59 RBI.
According to MLB.com, the final voting, Harper took the 16 of the 32 first place votes which gave him most of his 112 points. Frazier finished third with three first place votes as part of his 45 total points. Finishing second was Arizona pitcher Wade Miley who picked up 12 first place votes for 105 points.