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Arizona Diamondbacks: Handing out hardware for the 2017 season

By Joseph Jacquez
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Paul Goldschmidt
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Paul Goldschmidt /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Biggest Surprise: Robbie Ray

A number of players could have taken this award. But who honestly expected Robbie Ray to go from a struggling pitcher with control issues to one of the best pitchers in the NL in one season?

Not me.

Ray became a second ace with Zack Greinke. Just like he did in 2016, Ray struck out over 200 batters, but he cut his walk rate down and was able to put away batters consistently. Foul balls were not a problem.

Ray established a career high in wins (15) and ERA (2.89) and was named to first NL All-Star Team. The southpaw finished first in the NL in strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (12.11), second in opponents batting average (.199) and second in hits per 9.0 innings (6.44).

The lefty also led the NL with a .889 road winning percentage (8-1) and finished with the second best road ERA (.189). Opponents only hit .171 with RISP, and he went 9-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 15 starts against NL West competition.

Other Candidates:

J.D. Martinez: I mean come on, did anybody expect him to put up the kind of numbers he did. It was unreal. Hopefully, the D-backs, somehow someway, make resigning him their No. 1 priority.

Zack Godley: Godley was not even in the rotation to start the season, but he became one of the most consistent starters and filled the void left by Shelby Miller‘s injury.

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