Matt Duffy’s breakout first full season with the Giants garnered him a second-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year voting announced Monday.
Duffy, a 24-year-old third baseman, finished second behind Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who received all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Duffy received 22 of 30 second-place votes and four third-place votes. Jung-Ho Kang of the Pirates finished third in the voting.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa won the American League award, ahead of Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor and Minnesota designated hitter Miguel Sano.
Duffy forced his way onto the Giants’ Opening Day roster as a utility infielder in the spring and took over as the starter in May after Casey McGehee struggled. Duffy hit .295 with 12 home runs, 77 RBIs and 77 runs. He played the final 118 games of the season, the longest consecutive games streak in the National League, and he was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award.
Giants teammates and coaches recognized Duffy’s contributions in October by making him the first rookie to win the team’s Willie Mac Award, given annually to the Giants’ most inspirational player.
As impressive as Duffy’s season was, Bryant’s numbers made him the clear favorite for the award. Bryant had an .858 OPS with 26 homers and 99 RBIs – both tops among major-league rookies – while helping lead the Cubs make the plahyoffs. Bryant led MLB rookies with a WAR of 6.5, according to FanGraphs. Duffy was second with a WAR of 4.9.
▪ Baseball legends Willie Mays, the Giants legend, and the late Yogi Berra will be honored with the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
They are among 17 people who will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a Nov. 24 ceremony.