Top MLB Rookie Seasons of 2012

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Top MLB Rookie Seasons of 2012
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Atlanta pitcher Craig Kimbrel was the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, and continued his success into 2012.

The 2012 MLB season is coming to a close, and the end of the season brings the yearly awards being handed out.  Historically, being named as Rookie of the Year is a foreshadowing of success in the big leagues.  Recent winners include Justin Verlander (2006), Dustin Pedroia (2007) and Buster Posey (2010).

The 2011 Rookie of the Year winners saw varying levels of success in 2012, as Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson finished with a 10-11 record, but a very solid 3.10 ERA in 31 starts.  Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel was amazing in 2012, converting 42 of 45 save chances with a 1.01 ERA.

2012 saw numerous rookies have breakout performances, one even MVP-worthy.  Here are the top 10 rookie seasons of 2012.

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