Rookies Having Early MLB Success In Young Careers
We are nearing the mid-way point of the 2013 MLB season with the All-Star break looming in the near future. Many highly touted rookies have enjoyed early success at the major league level thus far into their young careers.
First and foremost is Yasiel Puig, the man is an absolute beast and has been destroying major league pitching since his promotion. Puig was called up after the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered injuries to superstars Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. The 42-million dollar man is batting .442 with 34 hits and 7 home runs in his first 20 games. It’s obviously a small sample size but Puig has displayed 5 tool talents in every facet of the game and has every Dodger fan frothing for more.
Since 1900, Puig’s 34 hits and 58 total bases are the most for a Dodger thru 20 career games (via @EliasSports)
— Dodgers PR (@DodgersPR) June 25, 2013
The Atlanta Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis burst onto the scene filling in admirably for the injured Brian McCann. Gattis is hitting .252 with 14 big flies and .894 OPS in 53 games. Gattis leads all rookies with 37 runs batted in and the Braves are attempting to find Gattis full time at bats now that McCann is healthy. The 26-year old Gattis had never played higher than Double-A prior to this season.
Jedd Gyorko has proved to the San Diego Padres that he belongs smashing 8 home runs in his first 60 major league games. Gyorko is batting .284 and leads all rookies with 66 hits in his inaugural season in San Diego. Gyorko has spent time at both second and third base and could make Chase Headley expendable for the Padres if they receive a tempting offer.
The Colorado Rockies also promoted blue chip prospect Nolan Arenado who made his debut earlier in the season. The third baseman is batting .257 with 7 home runs and 53 hits in as many games. Arenado should be a fixture on the hot corner for years to come in the Mile High state.
The #1 ranked prospect in the country also has spent an extended amount of time at the major league level for the Texas Rangers. Jurickson Profar has played 28 games hitting a respectable .263 with 25 hits and 2 home runs. The Rangers are looking for a position for Profar who has seen time at shortstop, third base and second base in his limited major league tenure.
Wil Myers was the last of the big guns to get to the dance having been just promoted 8 games ago by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 22-year old has not disappointed showing poise while batting .294 with 10 hits and dialling long distance twice in his first 8 games. Myers will no doubt jump start a Tampa team struggling to muster consistent offense.
Jose Iglesias is proving he is more than a defensive wizard and can produce with the stick. Iglesias is batting .426 stroking 46 hits in 33 games prompting the Boston Red Sox to demote struggling third baseman Will Middlebrooks. It is assumed that Iglesias will take over the helm at the hot corner.
Hitters have not been the only rookies to make their mark as many rookie hurlers have also enjoyed early success.
Shelby Miller has put it all together pitching like a seasoned veteran for the St.Louis Cardinals. Miller is 8-5 with a 2.35 earned average fanning 101 in 92 innings pitched. Not bad for a guy who had an 11-10 record with a 4.74 era his last season in Triple-A.
The Los Angeles Dodgers other import is also paying huge dividends thus far. Hyun-jin Ryu has made a seamless transition to North America baseball and is currently 6-3 with a 2.85 era on an underachieving Dodgers team. The future is bright with Ryu and Puig in the mix for the Dodgers.
Strikeout machine Tony Cingrani has been mowing down opposition hitters for the Cincinnati Reds. Cingrani is 3-0 with a 2.98 era striking out 52 hitters in 42 innings pitched.
Gerrit Cole has enjoyed early success for the Pittsburgh Pirates after a recent call-up going 3-0 with a 3.44 era even though his strikeout totals are down. Cole has hit 100 mph on the radar gun in his first 3 starts and looks like he belongs.
The Miami Marlins shocked the baseball world when they promoted 20-year old hurler Jose Fernandez. The youngster has been dominant at times posting a 4-4 record with a 3.05 era hosing 81 batters in 79 innings pitched.
There have been a plethora of other rookies to contribute to their respective teams including Zack Wheeler, Julio Teheran, Trevor Rosenthal, Marcell Ozuna, Oswaldo Arcia and A.J. Pollock to name a few.
The youth movement is in full effect at a major league park near you.