|Posted by Zacharee Curtis on July 27, 2010 at 4:25 PM|
This season in the National League there have been a number of rookie's that have made big impacts. Here I will be listing the top 5 rookie's in the NL and will be making my pick for NL Rookie of The Year.
Jason Heyward: Braves OF Jason Heyward started the first month of the season on fire and came out of the gates as the favorite for the NL Rookie of The Year after the first month. Thats why its called rookie of the year because since then Heyward has cooled down. As of late though Heyward has been stroking the ball. Heyward came into the season as the Braves starting right fielder after being drafted in the 1st round with the 14th pick in the 2007 draft. Heyward went on the DL on June 28 with a bruised thumb. This season Heyward is batting .276 with 11home runs, 48 RBI's and is slugging .459. Heyward is a worthy candidate for Rookie of The Year we'll just have to see how he finishes the season in the ATL.
Stephen Strasburg: Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg was the biggest upcoming rookie coming into the season and didn't make his Major League Debut until June 8 against the Pirates. Strasburg was the first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. He has started 9 games since being called up and is 5-2 with and ERA 2.32 and 75 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched. He may win the Cy Young award multiple times in his career but with him starting the mid-season that hurts his chance of winning ROY.
Buster Posey: Buster Posey came into the season blocked by Giants catcher Bengi Molina so he started his season in Triple A. With Molina struggling in San Fran Posey was called up and made his Major League Debut on May 29 against the Diamondbacks and went 3-4 with 3RBI's. Posey took over full time when Molina was traded to the Rangers. Posey has been on fire during his 19 game hitting streak and has been one of the best hitters the last 3 weeks. This season Posey is batting .368 with 8 home runs, 33RBI's and slugging .571 this season. Posey has put up big numbers and could be the next Joe Mauer but with more power.
Jaime Garcia: Garcia has come out of no where in the Cardinals rotation. Jaime won the starting job in spring training as the number 5 starter. With injuries to Lohse and Penny and his stellar season he is now the Caridinals number 3 starter behind Wainwright and Carpenter. Jaime made his debut this season against Milwaukee and pitched 6 innings gave up 1ER and had 5 strike outs. In his first 13 starts he gave up 2 or less earned runs. This season Jaime is 9-4 with and ERA of 2.21(3rd best in MLB) and has 90 strikeouts. Jaime has been one of the best rookie starting pitchers this season if not the best.
Tyler Colvin: Colvin began the season struggling to get playing time due to the Cubs high priced OF but when he got playing time he showed why he should play everyday. Colvin is now playing everyday and is batting leadoff for the Cubs and has since been on a tear. Colvin was drafted in the 1st round with the 13th overall pick by the Cubs in 2006. Colvin leads rookie's in home runs with 15. He had back to back games vs the Cardinals with leadoff homers. This season Colvin is batting .261 with 15 home runs, 36 RBI's and is slugging .531. Since being put in the starting lineup full time he has been one of the Cubs best hitters.
Here are my rankings for Rookie of The Year.
5. Jason Heward
4. Stephen Strasburg
3. Buster Posey
2. Tyler Colvin
1. Jaime Garcia