Coming off a remarkable rookie campaign in Major League Baseball, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting on Monday. The award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, was won by Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.
Harper took 16 of the 32 first-place votes and finished with 112 points and topped Arizona pitcher Wade Miley who had 12 first-place votes and 105 points. The Reds' Todd Frazier was third and the Rockies' Wilin Rosario finished fourth.
Aoki batted .288, led NL rookies in stolen bases (30) and tied for the NL rookie lead in hits (150). Aoki ranked second in runs (81), doubles (37), total bases (225) and on-base percentage (.355) and became the first NL rookie since the Cardinals' Bake McBride (1974) to have four hitting streaks of at least 10 games in a season. Aoki had streaks of 15, 13, 12 and 10 games.