Matt Duffy was a huge surprise in 2015. But the Giants third baseman fell short of winning the NL Rookie of the Year, finishing second in the voting announced on Monday.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous winner, voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang finished third.
Bryant received all 30 first-place votes, while Duffy received 22 of the 30 second place votes and four third-place votes.
After the Giants pulled the plug on the Casey McGehee experiment in early July, Duffy took over the everyday duties. He went on to be the Giants' second most productive offensive player over the course of the season.
In 149 games, the 24-year-old hit .295/.334/.428 with 28 doubles, 12 home runs, 77 RBI and a 4.9 bWAR.
This season, Duffy was named the 2015 Willie Mac Award winner, given annually to the most inspirational player on the team. The award, named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, is voted on by players, coaches, training staff and fans. Duffy became the first rookie to win in the 35-year history of the award.
Duffy played an NL-best 118 straight games to close out the season. Manager Bruce Bochy called Duffy “a savior.”
Duffy led National League rookies in hits (169) and multi-hit games (42) and finished second in runs (77), RBI (77) and total bases (245). He was third in triples (6) and fourth in doubles (28) and stolen bases (12).
In addition to the Rookie of the Year nomination, Duffy was a Gold Glove finalist at third base in the National League.