MLB All-Star Game 2012: Reviewing the Record-Breaking 6 Rookie All-Stars
The 2012 MLB All-Star Game features a record-breaking number of rookies this year with six.
Some might say that calls for a toast.
The previous All-Star rookie record was set last season as five first-year players made their way out to Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ for the game.
This year, six youngsters will venture to Kaufman Field in Kansas City, MO to play alongside the best players that the MLB has to offer.
Since they're all relatively new to the league, let's take a minute to get to know all of our rookie All-Stars in 2012.
Ryan Cook (RP, Oakland Athletics)
Ryan Cook was drafted in 2008 out of USC by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 27th round.
Prior to the 2012 season, the Athletics struck at a deal that landed him in Oakland.
The rookie relief pitcher has since then ascended through the bullpen with an impressive 1.41 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
His 11 holds earlier in the season earned him the promotion to full-time closer where he has since recorded eight saves for the struggling ball club.
These statistics have led to this rookie getting the nod as the lone representative for the Oakland Athletics in the 2012 MLB All-Star game.
Yu Darvish (SP, Texas Rangers)
It's official, the 25-year-old Japanese pitching sensation has successfully transitioned to the MLB.
Yu Darvish currently boasts a 10-5 record on the year with a 3.59 ERA and 117 Ks. The Texas Rangers' starter ranks fourth in the American League in strikeouts.
His 10.26 K/9 ratio places him second among AL pitchers behind only Max Scherzer of Detroit.
There are certainly a lot of teams out there right now that wish they took a chance on signing this unproven free agent last offseason.
As for the Texas Rangers, they couldn't be more happy with their decision.
Bryce Harper (OF, Washington Nationals)
The first pick of the 2010 MLB Draft has fast-tracked his way to the big leagues.
The 19-year-old phenom is the youngest position player to ever play in an MLB All-Star Game (Washington Post).
Since getting the call-up to the big leagues, Bryce Harper has a .282 batting average with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 62 games played.
The youngster has showcased his five-tool talents on numerous occasions with stellar defense and 10 stolen bases up to this point in the season.
Considering that he's still just teenager, I think it's safe to say that he'll only get better.
We can expect to see him at many more All-Star games over the next couple of decades.
Lance Lynn (SP, St. Louis Cardinals)
Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff have been lights out in the first half of the season.
The 25-year-old righty was a first-round pick out of Ole Miss in 2008 who owns an 11-4 record with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this year.
At 6'5", he's shown his ability to overpower hitters as well with 105 strikeouts on the season.
He is one of four Cardinals that received All-Star honors in 2012, and his second half performance will be a major factor in whether or not the team can earn a bid to the playoffs come fall.
Wade Miley (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Wade Miley joins Ryan Cook as yet another 2008 Diamondbacks' draft pick who has earned a spot in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.
Cook had a very short tenure with the D'Backs, but their former first-round selection Wade Miley is sure to enjoy a much longer stay.
The left-handed hurler is 9-5 with a 3.04 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP at the All-Star break.
He hasn't overpowered a ton of batters with just 70 strikeouts on the season thus far, but he has been extremely effective at minimizing opponents opportunities.
His combined ratio of walks and hits per inning of 1.09 ranks him seventh in the national league in 2012.
Mike Trout (OF, Los Angeles Angels)
The current front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year has impressed the entire baseball community up until this point in the season.
The 20-year-old prodigy earned his first All-Star nomination before ever legally drinking a beer, but that's not even his most impressive feat.
At the break, Mike Trout has emerged as the current leader in the AL MVP race.
He's currently leading the American League in hitting and steals with a .341 average and 26 stolen bases.
Since being called up in late April, he has 12 HR and 40 RBI, not to mention a .397 on-base percentage which ranks fifth in the league as well.
To say that Mike Trout has exceeded all expectations would be a severe understatement.
Everyone thought that he would be a good ball player, but no one expected him to put up MVP kind of numbers from his first game on.