Happ contender for rookie of year

J.A. Happ's excellent rookie year has put him in the running for National League Rookie of the Year. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

J.A. Happ already has been named the National League’s top rookie by The Sporting News. The Phillies lefthander has also won that honor from his peers with the MLB Players Choice Award.

He’ll find out Monday if he will add the most prestigious of these awards to his resumé when the Baseball Writers Association of America announces the results of its voting for National League Rookie of the Year.

Happ led all qualifying pitchers in innings pitched (166), complete games (three) and strikeouts (119) while tying Cubs righthander Randy Wells in wins (12) despite starting the season in the bullpen. His 2.93 earned run average was second only to Braves righthander Tommy Hanson.

Also expected to receive consideration in an unusually crowded field are: Marlins leftfielder Chris Coghlan, Brewers infielder Casey McGehee, Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen and outfielder-first baseman Garrett Jones, Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus and Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra.