I'm in the process of doing a longer look at Rookies of the Year by WAR, but I thought I'd share some interesting things I found while collecting the data.
All data courtesy of BaseballProjection.
Update: I missed a few of the top seasons
Top 5 ROTY Seasons
I know all about his issues (both injury and personality), but man, Dick Allen was a special talent.
Bottom 5 ROTY Seasons
Ken Hubbs was supposed to be an amazing fielder (although Total Zone disagrees) but I can't believe the ROTY went to some one who hit .260 with 5 home runs (and a .299 OBP and a 70 OPS+ for those more sabermetrically inclined).
Best 5 Seasons by a ROTY Winner
* omissions from my original list
It's easy to forget with the streak and a bunch of eh seasons (for an inner circle HOFer) but Ripken turned in two amazing seasons, 7 years apart.
Worst 5 Seasons by a ROTY Winner
I can't believe managers kept running Pinella and Griffin out there. Although Pinella did manage to sandwich a 2.9 WAR season in the middle of the two stinkers. And Griffin's two bad ones were 6 years apart.
More detailed analysis to come...