MLB Prospects Poll: Who Was Baseball's Top Rookie in March/April?
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The rookie landscape took on a much different look this weekend, as two of baseball’s top prospects—Bryce Harper and Mike Trout—were recalled from the minor leagues and inserted into their respective team’s outfield.
While it’s obviously too early to rule on how they've performed (or their seasonal outlook for that matter), there are a host of other rookies who have performed well in the first month of a season.
So, before Major League Baseball announces their rookies of the month for March/April, I thought I’d poll the Prospect Pipeline readers about which player has been the most impressive thus far.
After carefully analyzing all of the options throughout baseball, I have narrowed it down to the following 10 players:
Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds
85 AB, .271/.333/.435, 13 R, 10 XBH, 17 K/7 BB; 113 wRC+, 0.7 fWAR
Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
4 GS, 25 IP, 4.68 ERA, 5.21 xFIP, 17 K/14 BB, -0.1 fWAR
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, New York Mets
76 AB, .316/.381/.474, 7 XBH, 24 K/7 BB; 145 wRC+, 1.0 fWAR
Drew Smyly, LHP, Detroit Tigers
4 GS, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, 3.58 xFIP, 22 K/8 BB, 0.3 fWAR
Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox
10 G, 8.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.68 xFIP, 11 K/3 BB, 0.3 fWAR
Who was the rookie of the month for March/April?
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics
79 AB, .253/.341/.494, 9 XBH, 19 RBI, 4 SB, 23 K/8 BB; 133 wRC+, 0.5 fWAR
76 AB, .263/.275/.395, 4 XBH, 12 RBI, 16 K/2 BB; 79 wRC+, -0.2 fWAR
Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers
4 GS, 3-0, 26 IP, 2.42 ERA, 4.05 xFIP, 24 K/15 BB, 0.7 fWAR
Lance Lynn, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
4 GS, 27 IP, 1.33 ERA, 2.98 xFIP, 24 K/6 BB 0.4 fWAR
Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds
36 AB, .300/.389/.433, 2 XBH, 3 K/5 BB; 106 wRC+, 0.0 fWAR
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