Originally Posted by Larry Largen
Todd Frazier hit .273 with 67 rbi's and 19 hr's in 422 at bats.
Bryce Harper hit .270 with 59 rbi's and 22 hr's in 533(111 more) at bats.
Frazier also had better number defensively at both outfield and infield positions.
Harper is a top of the order hitter he isn't going to have RBI by default but he score 98 runs which was 5th in the NL despite missing the first 20 games of the year. Todd was 26 with MLB experience while Harper was 19 with none and went on to set the most XBH ever by a teenager in a season as well as several other records for his age which holds weight in this award.
Defensive runs save had Todd at a -1 due to his terrible -6 1B skills and Harper was a +14 due too his great range and amazing arm despite making errors. FWIW the MLB leader in DRS was Darwin Barney +28 while BP was +11.
The only possible debate here is should it been Wade Miley over Harper. When a writer from your own city puts you 3rd on the list you have no beef at all.