Bour's path to the big leagues has been a journey. A 25th-round pick of the Cubs in 2009, Bour was blocked in the Chicago system, and the Marlins nabbed him as a Rule 5 pick in the Triple-A Phase in 2013.
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTING
It appeared Bour wasn't part of Miami's plans in 2015 because the club signed veteran free agent Michael Morse to a two-year contract last December. But Morse struggled and dealt with a finger injury, creating an opportunity for Bour.
"Once I saw the pickup [of Morse] in the offseason, I figured I was either going to be used in a bench role, if I was to make the club, or I would be going back to New Orleans," Bour said in an interview in September.
Bour simply won the job, and Morse was traded to the Dodgers on July 31.
In 129 games, Bour's slash line was .262/.321/.479 with 23 home runs and a team-high 73 RBIs. He ended on a high, being named the NL Rookie of the Month for September, belting nine home runs while driving in 25 runs in 26 games.
Bour and catcher J.T. Realmuto were Miami's two most impactful rookie position players.
If not for such a strong rookie class, Bour may have finished higher in the BBWAA voting.
Bryant was a unanimous winner, collecting all 30 first-place votes and finishing with 150 points. Giants third baseman Matt Duffy was second with 70 points, followed by Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang's 28 points. Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard placed fourth with 16 points, and Bour, with four points, rounded out the top five. Bour received one second- and one third-place vote.
"I knew at some point during the year that I was going to be given an opportunity to do what I've always done," Bour said.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.