Danny Espinosa's second-half slump may have killed his chances of winning National League Rookie of the Year, but it wasn't enough to keep him off one of baseball's more-prestigious honorary lists.
Espinosa was named second baseman on this year's Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team, the trading card company announced today. He was the lone member of the Nationals to make the list, which honors one rookie at each of the eight positions in the field, plus one starting pitcher and one reliever.
Though his season-ending numbers -- a .236 average, 21 homers, 66 RBI, .323 on-base percentage in 158 games -- were good enough only for a sixth-place finish in the Rookie of the Year vote, Espinosa did outrank all other rookie second basemen in the majors according to Topps. His closest competitor likely was Seattle's Dustin Ackley, who hit .273 with six homers, 36 RBI and a .348 on-base percentage in only 90 games.
Espinosa is the fourth Nationals player to be honored by Topps, which began naming its Rookie All-Star Team in 1959. The others: Ryan Zimmerman (2006), John Lannan (2008) and Stephen Strasburg (2010).
Though teammate Wilson Ramos finished ahead of Espinosa in Rookie of the Year voting, ranking fourth, he lost out to Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia on this vote.
Here's this year's full team...
C J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
1B Mark Trumbo, Angels
2B Danny Espinosa, Nationals
SS Dee Gordon, Dodgers
3B Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
OF Desmond Jennings, Rays
OF Josh Reddick, Red Sox
OF Ben Revere, Twins
SP Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
RP Craig Kimbrel, Braves