Apparently, y'all are more interested in the NL Rookie of the Year vote than you were in the NL Manager of the Year winner; my email soliciting comment on the ROY award actually received a few responses. So, following some intensive numbers-crunchin' (and after disregarding D3's suggestions of Walt Weiss and Marty Cordova), I provide the official Buffet Rookie of the Year vote:
Honorable mention: Chris Coghlan (Florida) and Casey McGehee (Milwaukee).
(3) Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates. In case you didn't notice -- and, because he's in Pittsburgh, you probably didn't -- it looks like the Pirates might finally have a legitimate, star-quality player. (No, Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez didn't count.) McCutchen went .286/.365/.471 this year, with 12 homers and 74 driven in, and 22 steals to boot. Not a bad season's work for a guy who only played in 108 games. If his defense improves even a little (he was [-0.8] UZR this year], he's gonna be a terror.
(2) Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves. This kid is a beast, and makes me glad that the Brewers are in the Central instead of the East. The numbers: 11-4, 2.89 ERA (with a nice 3.50 FIP), 8.18 K/9, 10 HR allowed (in 21 starts), 2.6 WAR. (As an aside: I noticed the Braves traded their hack-first-ask-questions-later right fielder this year. Any chance they're interested in another one? Hanson for Hart? Sounds nice, right? No? Yeah, I didn't think so. You want Hardy, too? We'll send his brothel with him. At least think about it.)
(1) J.A. Happ, Philadelphia Phillies. For one, he gets bonus points because his name sounds like a guy who should be pitching for the Philadelphia A's. ("Hey, did you hear who's on the bump today? Young J.A. Happ. Yes, and I heard the Federalis shut down another speakeasy last night.") Plus, he stepped into the rotation for the defending World Champs and put together a tidy 12-4 line with a 2.93 ERA (though his FIP was quite a bit higher -- 4.30) and a 6.45 K/9 rate. The three complete games and two shut-outs (compared to 0 CG and 0 SHO for Hanson) put him over the top.