Thirty-two members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted on the award, with each member ranking their top three choices. Walker garnered a second-place vote, while Tabata earned a third-place vote.
|Buster Posey, SF||20||9||2||129|
|Jason Heyward, ATL||9||20||2||107|
|Jaime Garcia, STL||1||1||16||24|
|Gaby Sanchez, FLA||2||1||5||18|
|Neil Walker, PIT||1||3|
|Starlin Castro, CHC||3||3|
|Ike Davis, NYM||2||2|
|Jose Tabata, PIT||1||1|
|Jonny Venters, ATL||1||1|
With his second-place vote, Walker finished tied for fifth with Chicago infielder Starlin Castro. Both Tabata and Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters received one third-place vote to finish tied for eighth.
Walker ended the year with a .296 batting average, .349 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 12 homers and 66 RBIs in 426 at-bats. Tabata, the Pirates' everyday left fielder, batted .299 with a .346 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, four homers, 35 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.
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