10. Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners)-
Whereas Felix Hernandez has solely made Four begins within the Main Leagues this 12 months, he has performed sufficient in these Four begins to have him acknowledged as one of many high rookies within the main leagues. He at the moment has an ERA of 1.24 and has been dominating opponents with the benefit of a savvy veteran. Felix Hernandez is just 19 years outdated and might be the most effective prospect pitcher to return alongside since Mark Prior. Whereas it is nonetheless very early in Felix’s profession, he seems to be to have a really brilliant future as a dominant #1 starter forward of him.
9. Joey Gathright (Tampa Bay Satan Rays)-
Joey Gathright is likely one of the quickest gamers in Main League Baseball. Since he solely has 100 at-bats to his identify, he can’t be ranked greater, however he has proven the promise to be a superb beginning middle fielder within the main leagues. He’s hitting .286, and he already has stolen 10 bases. Count on Gathright to problem for the stolen base title for the subsequent a number of years.
8. Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)-
Robinson Cano has performed a superb job filling in at 2nd base for the Yankees this 12 months. He has hit .277, however he additionally performed very properly defensively at 2nd base. Enjoying for the New York Yankees can also be a tricky proposition for any participant, not to mention a rookie. With the Yankees struggling to get into the playoffs the workforce has been beneath extra scrutiny than ever, and Cano has dealt with it with as a lot class as one may anticipate.
7. Zach Duke (Pittsburgh Pirates)-
Zach Duke has proven that he has an extremely nasty overhand curve, to go together with a 90 miles per hour heater. At this level, he has an ERA of 1.87, whereas going 6-Zero to begin off his main league profession. Duke threw loads of innings within the minors this 12 months as properly, so the Pirates would possibly attempt to shut him down in order that he does not put on himself out. Duke has proven that he’s the actual deal, and could possibly be a drive within the Pirates employees for years to return.
6. Tadahito Iguchi (Chicago White Sox)-
Tadahito has hit .280 for the White Sox this 12 months, however his worth has been shifting runners over within the 2nd gap for the White Sox. One of many large causes the White Sox have succeeded this 12 months has been as a result of the workforce has performed strong basic baseball. A big a part of their workforce has been Tadahito, who has continually sacrificed his personal at-bats for the nice of the workforce. Whereas Tadahito’s stats might not leap out at you, he has joined Main League Baseball and has performed an integral half for a playoff-caliber ballclub.
5. Ervin Santana (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)-
Ervin Santana has gone 7-5 with a 4.41 ERA for the Angels this 12 months. Because the 12 months has progressed, Ervin has develop into a greater and higher pitcher. With the Angels combating for a playoff spot, Ervin has develop into a key cog within the Angels rotation. Santana has not given up greater than Three runs in his previous 7 outings, and with that type of manufacturing, you’ll be able to anticipate Santana to be within the Angels rotation for years to return.
4. Joe Blanton (Oakland Athletics)-
Blanton has performed a superb job in his 1st full season within the main leagues. Blanton was very extremely touted within the minor leagues and has are available and gotten the job performed for the Athletics this 12 months. Blanton has a 3.75 ERA this 12 months, however has proven flashes of brilliance, and appears to develop into the #1 starter that the Athletics have been on the lookout for.
3. Willy Taveras (Houston Astros)-
Willy Taveras has had a tremendous rookie season for the Astros. He’s at the moment batting .301 with 31 stolen bases. He has additionally performed a superb CF and has been a jump-starter for the Astros lineup all season lengthy. When he will get on base, it is rather tough to cease him from stealing 2nd. With Taveras in centerfield, the Astros have discovered their leadoff hitter for the current and future.
2. Gustavo Chacin (Toronto Blue Jays)-
Gustavo has had a superb season this 12 months for the hapless Blue Jays. His ERA at 3.40, ranks ninth within the American League. Lefties are at the moment solely hitting .198 towards him, whereas he is managed to go 11-6 for a dropping Blue Jays workforce. Chacin has confirmed that he may develop into a frontline starter within the Main Leagues within the very close to future.
1. Huston Road (Oakland Athletics)-
Huston Road has been completely phenomenal for the Oakland Athletics this 12 months. When Octavio Dotel went down for the Athletics there was a big gap within the nearer’s function. Mr. Road got here in and never solely carried out properly however has helped propel the Athletics in direction of the playoffs. The road has a 1.31 ERA, 16 Saves, and a WHIP at .92. The road ought to win the Rookie of the 12 months within the American League this 12 months, and with the type of arm that he possesses, he could possibly be a dominant nearer for a few years to return.
Honorable Mentions – Nick Swisher, Andrew Sisco, Bobby Jenks, Scott Kazmir, Chien-Ming Wang, Matt Murton, Lance Niekro, Garrett Atkins, Jeff Francoeur, Chris Duffy, Prince Fielder, Delmon Younger