WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Trea Turner may not have been in the big leagues for an entire season in 2016, but he certainly made an impact.
Turner finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Monday to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who was a unanimous selection. Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda finished third. Turner and Maeda both finished with 11 second-place votes, but Turner edged him out with nine third-place votes to Maeda's four.
NL Rookie of the Year voting
Corey Seager, Dodgers
Trea Turner, Nationals
Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Trevor Story, Rockies
Aledmys Diaz, Cardinals
Jon Gray, Rockies
Steven Matz, Mets
Seung Hwan Oh, Cardinals
Seager is also a finalist for the NL Most Valuable Player award, so his victory in this category is not surprising. But for Turner to even be included in this field is a testament to his spectacular year in Washington.
Despite playing less than half the season, Turner became the spark plug at the top of the Nationals offense. Those numbers gave Nationals fans a glimpse of how dynamic a player Turner can be.
He hit .342/.370/.567 with 13 home runs, 147 wRC+ (weighted runs created plus) and 3.5 wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference.