Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard could not make it two consecutive Rookie of the Year awards for Mets pitchers, finishing fourth in 2015 National League Rookie of the Year voting. He received three second-place votes and seven third-place votes for a total of 16 points. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won the award unanimously, receiving all 30 first-place votes. San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy finished second while Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang finished third. Marlins first baseman Justin Bour, Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, and Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty all received votes.
Syndergaard made his first major league start on May 12 against the Cubs in Chicago, where he allowed six hits and three runs, striking out six while taking a loss. He made 24 starts in the regular season, finishing 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA in 150 innings. The rookie was a key contributor to the Mets' postseason run as well, taking a loss in Game 2 of the NLDS despite striking out nine, but firing a memorable inning of relief in the decisive Game 5. He won a game apiece in the NLCS and World Series, allowing just four earned runs while striking out 15 across two starts.
Bryant hit .275/.369/.488/.858 with 26 home runs and 99 RBI in his first 151 big league games, including an All-Star Game nod. There seemed, and proved, to be little doubt that the 23-year-old masher would win the award despite his NL-leading 199 strikeouts. Though Syndergaard could not join stablemate Jacob deGrom in winning the award, his memorable rookie campaign feels like it's only the start of a special career.