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Rookie Of The Year: Kris Bryant

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Kris Bryant has responded to every challenge the Cubs presented and has rarely struggled. (Photo by Tony Farlow)CHICAGO—Just before the Cubs made their final decision on the franchise’s highest draft pick in more than a decade—what had the chance to be the most significant pick in Theo Epstein’s organizational overhaul—Cubs executives flew to California for another meeting with Kris Bryant. “We asked him if he ever struggled,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said of the San Diego slugger who earn

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Major League Player Of The Year: Bryce Harper

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You will find no shortage of complex metrics by which to evaluate Bryce Harper’s 2015 season. Whether you prefer WAR, OPS+, wOBA, wRC+ or any other sabermetric-friendly measure of your choosing, Harper’s performance this year is confirmed as nothing short of remarkable.But you really don’t need fancy stats to confirm this. Let’s keep this about as basic as it gets, using time-honored measures everybody understands.Harper hit 42 home runs this season, with a .330 batting average and .460 on-base

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The Case For Posey As BA Player Of The Year

Matt Eddy -

Angels center fielder Mike Trout wowed the baseball world with an all-around rookie season the likes of which we may never see again. He was overqualified for the Baseball America Rookie of the Year award, which he won in a unanimous vote. Trout also won the BA Major League Player of the Year award, though in that case other players received first-place recognition in the balloting. Chief among the other vote-getters were Giants catcher Buster Posey and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBIs won the American League's triple crown, the first in 45 years. And while Cabrera has gotten his share of attention in postseason debates, less attention has been paid to how good a season Posey had.

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