Each year in Major League Baseball, fans have their eyes on those that are seeking to make their mark in the sport for the very first time—rookies.
Over baseball’s history, rookies have captivated fans’ interest in different ways. Some were highly anticipated prospects just waiting for their moment in the sun. Others were completely unheralded and quickly gained favor through their outstanding play on the field.
However they came to be, many rookies made their mark in the annals of baseball history and in the eyes of adoring fans.
In 2012, fans are watching the debut seasons of two particular players who have captivated interest in different ways.
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has already shown why he was the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. In his first six games, fans caught flashes of brilliance, as Harper uncorked amazing throws from the outfield, showed tremendous plate discipline and showed that he was clearly not overmatched in the majors at the tender age of 19.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish is starting to show fans and experts of the game that he really isn't quite like the many other pitchers from the island nation who have come West to test their skills.
Where will Darvish and Harper end up in the annals of history among rookies when all is said and done? It's a little hard to predict that at this point. However, we will take a look at 50 first-year players, in no particular order, who left an indelible impression in the eyes of fans across the world.