Jose Fernandez was named the National League's Rookie of the Year on Monday. Not a single Phillies player received a vote.
And for the first time in 16 seasons, a Phillies player did not receive a vote in consecutive seasons. That hasn't happaned since 1998-99.
Jose Fernandez took home the hardware on Monday, joining Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003) as recent Marlins to win.
Remember when it seemed like the Phillies had someone in contention for Rookie of the Year almost every season?
Only Ryan Howard (2005) and Scott Rolen (1997) have won recently, but there's usually been somebody in the running, whether it was Vance Worley (3rd, 2011), J.A. Happ (2nd, 2009), Kyle Kendrick (5th, 2007), Marlon Byrd (4th, 2003), Jimmy Rollins (3rd, 2001) or Pat Burrell (4th, 2000).
Monday's results stress what's no secret to the Phillies: They've lacked rookie production in recent years and need it badly moving forward. Howard and Rollins went on to win MVPs, led the club to a World Series (along with Burrell and Kendrick) and still play a major role on the team. Worley and Happ helped bring in Ben Revere and Roy Oswalt, respectively, in trades. Rolen became an All-Star, as did Byrd (albeit with another club).
Not only has it been back-to-back seasons without a ROY vote-getter, it's been three of the last four years. That hasn't occurred since the Phillies had just one from 1994-99, and we all know how the late-90s went.
So who can step up? Well, Maikel Franco is obviously the frontrunner — if he can land a starting job with the big club. Cody Asche technically won't be a rookie next year, but he's got large expectations as well.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a big-time prospect though. Sometimes, guys like Kendrick or Happ come out of the blue and step in. Whoever it might be, the Phillies need him in the worst way.