Yasiel Puig finishes 2nd in NL Rookie of the Year voting

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Puig was joined by teammate Hyun-jin Ryu, who finished fourth in the balloting.

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had a fantastic opening season, and for his efforts finished second in the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year voting. Puig lost out to Jose Fernandez of the Marlins, who captured 26 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Puig received four first-place votes, 25 second-place votes, for a total of 95 points. Fernandez finished with 142 points, and Shelby Miller was third with 12 points. Hyun-jin Ryu finished fourth with 10 points, from 10 third-place votes.

Points are awarded on a 5-3-1 basis, with two voters from each city per league.

Puig was named on 29 of 30 ballots, with only John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune leaving him out of the top three. Maffei voted Fernandez first, Miller second, and Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko third.

The Dodgers committed a combined $103.7 million to Puig (seven years, $42 million) and Ryu (six years, $36 million, plus a $25.7 million bid to the Hanwha Eagles for his negotiating rights) in 2012.

Puig, 22, hit .319/.391/.534 with 19 home runs and 21 doubles in 104 games. The Cuban sensation was called up to the Dodgers on June 3 and took MLB by storm, hitting .436/.467/.710 with seven home runs in June, capturing NL Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month honors in his first MLB month.

Ryu, 26, was 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA, with 154 strikeouts an 49 walks in 192 innings. The left-hander was second on the team with 22 quality starts in his first MLB campaign after eight years in the Korean Baseball Organization.

No MLB team has won more Rookie of the Year awards than the 16 captured by the Dodgers, but the last one was Todd Hollandsworth in 1996. Puig is the first Dodger ever to finish second in Rookie of the Year balloting.

The Managers of the Year in each league will be announced on Tuesday afternoon. Don Mattingly is a finalist in the National League.

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