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Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm in 2013 -- and wasn't even voted best rookie in his league. That honor went Monday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace who went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts, and received 26 of 30 first-place votes. The American League, strangely, saw its top votes more divided, with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR in 88 games) taking 23 of 30 first-place votes to beat out fellow finalists Jose Iglesias and Chris Archer. What do you make of the picks? What does the future hold for these honorees and finalists?
Best in NL?
Puig posted a .319/.391/.534 line, but his performance tailed off late in the season.
Best in AL?
Myers went up against a defensive shortstop (Iglesias) and a starting pitcher (Archer).
Myers and Puig are 22, while Fernandez is just 21. But pitchers aren't always durable ...
Should the Marlins keep Stanton?
The Marlins were the worst team in the National League last year, a 62-100 disaster that was last in most major offensive categories. Lone bright spot Giancarlo Stanton even had a bit of a down year, hitting only .249 with an .845 OPS and 62 RBIs. What's worse, he actually led the Marlins in all of those categories. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said the team is planning to rebuild around Stanton, but is it time for it to try to accelerate that rebuilding by shipping him for prospects?