Several of Major League Baseball’s rookies are having solid seasons. Here is a look at how they were doing late last week with their rookie rank in parentheses, along with what Baseball Prospectus said about them before the season started:
OF Tyler Colvin, Chicago Cubs
Key Stats: 55 games, 18 HRs (1st), 42 RBIs, .250 AVG.
Note: Became a regular for the most part beginning in mid-June, but recently sat out a few games during a hitting slump.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “More likely to be bench player than a starting corner outfielder.”
1B Ike Davis, New York Mets
Key Stats: 105 games 15 HRs (2nd), 55 RBIs (tie 2nd), .242 AVG.
Note: Hit six home runs with 18 RBIs in July.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “His arrival in time for the 2011 season is a far more realistic expectation than 2010, as Davis does most of his damage against right-handers, giving him something to work on.”
OF Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers
Key Stats: 97 games, 14 HRs (tied 3rd), 55 RBIs (tie 1st), .270 AVG.
Note: Hit eight homers and drove in 23 runs in June, but batted just .121 in first 32 games after the All-Star break.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “He has a long way to go. Between a swing more hole-y than the Pope and a swing-at-anything approach less discriminating than Tila Tequila, there are issues that go beyond mere ironing out.”
1B Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins
Key Stats: 112 games, 12 HRs (tie 5th), 55 RBIs (tie 1st), .285 AVG.
Note: Just more than half of his RBIs (28) came in June and July.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “Sanchez is a prospect with a limited ceiling.”
OF Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
Key Stats: 100 games, 12 HRs (tie 5th), 53 RBIs (4th), .255 AVG.
Note: Hit .337 in May and .356 in July. Has been slowed by injuries this season, but has played a key role in his team’s success.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “There’s really nothing he can’t do. He has face-of-the-franchise potential.”
C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Key Stats: 70 games, 9 HRs, 43 RBIs, .338 AVG. (3rd), .386 OBP (tie 3rd)
Note: Had a hit in 21 consecutive games from July 4 to July 28.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “The big-league job should be his to lose, though the Giants may opt for more seasoning. Should he come up in time, he’s an instant short-list candidate for Rookie of the Year.”
OF John Jay, St. Louis Cardinals
Key Stats: 62 games, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, .350 AVG. (1st), .399 OBP .399 (2nd).
Note: Went 31-for-72 for a .431 average and a .500 on base percentage in July.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “Jay might be the one whose star burns both the most steadily and the least brightly.”
SP Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
Key Stats: 10-6 (1st in wins). 2.58 ERA (3rd), 105 K’s (tie 1st).
Note: Best month was in June, with a 3-1 record in six starts and a 1.53 ERA.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “He’s back on the list of interesting pitching prospects. He’ll contend for the fifth slot in the rotation, aided in part in that he’d be the lone lefty.”
SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Key Stats: 5-3, 2.97 ERA, 86 K’s (tie 6th), 17 walks.
Note: He struck out 32 while walking only five in his first three major league starts.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “He should have no trouble serving as the ace of the Nationals’ rotation as soon as 2011, if not sooner.”
RP Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers
Key Stats: 3-3, 3.48 ERA, 29 saves (1st) in 32 chances.
Note: Gave up just three earned runs in 22.2 innings pitched in May and June combined.
What Baseball Prospectus said: “Feliz was just so darn good in the bullpen, but he was raised as a starter, and if he can bring that stuff to the rotation, just imagine what he could be.”
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