Even with all that, he did not win the
Puig finished second and got the other four first-place votes, although one writer -- John Maffei of UT San Diego -- left Puig off his ballot.
Fernandez, 21, spent the entire season with the Marlins. He was 12-6 with a 2.19 earned-run average, second to Dodgers ace and
Puig, 22, started the season at double A. He did not make his major league debut until June 3, less than one year after the Dodgers had signed the Cuban defector, and only then because of an injury to
In his first five games, he hit four home runs. In his first month, he batted .436, and his 44 hits ranked second all-time for a debut month, behind Hall of Fame member Joe DiMaggio and his 48 hits.
Vin Scully nicknamed Puig "The Wild Horse," for extraordinary if untamed talent at-bat, on the bases and in the field. Puig ran so hard he threatened to run over his fellow outfielders while chasing a fly ball, and he threw so strongly that he considered cutoff men optional.
In the NL championship series, Puig flipped his bat and stopped to admire what he thought would be a home run, then saw the ball hit the wall and still had speed to reach third base with a triple – standing up.
Puig finished the regular season with a .319 batting average in 104 games. He hit 19 home runs, stole 11 bases and drove in 42 runs.
Miller, 23, was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA. Ryu, 26, was 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA.