MLB's 2013 All-Rookie Team with 1 Month to Go

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIAugust 27, 2013

MLB's 2013 All-Rookie Team with 1 Month to Go

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    Rookies have been making a huge impact across the MLB this year.

    With one month to go in the season, the race for each league's rookie of the year is coming down to the wire.

    While some rookies won't be in the running, they still deserve a mention.

    With that said, here's a look at the MLB's 2013 all-rookie team with one month to go.

Catcher: Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

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    Evan Gattis, or El Oso Blanco, began the season on a tear for the Atlanta Braves.

    Gattis was named NL rookie of the month in April and in May, totaling 12 home runs and 32 RBI through the season's first two months. As for all of 2013, he's batting .238 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI.

    He's hit four pinch-hit home runs, which leads all of baseball, and provided a spark the Braves needed very early in the season.

    While he has struggled as of late (.139 batting average in August), Gattis still deserves to be named the top rookie at catcher.

    If nothing else, his early-season ability to change games with one swing of the bat gets him there.

1st Base: Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

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    What more could the St. Louis Cardinals ask out of Matt Adams?

    Of course the Cardinals have guys like Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Allen Craig, but Adams could be just as good one day.

    He's batting .274 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in a part-time role.

    Adams barely maintained his rookie eligibility, getting 86 at-bats last year. Even so, he's having a far better year than anyone expected.

2nd Base: Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

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    Jedd Gyorko is listed as a third baseman, but he's started 82 times at second base for the San Diego Padres. In essence, he is a second baseman.

    Gyorko is batting .247 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI. Outside of Nick Franklin's 11 home runs and 39 RBI, no other second baseman even approaches Gyorko's numbers.

    He's maintained a good glove, only committing four errors, while helping turn 43 double plays.

    Once a top prospect in the organization, Gyorko looks to have a firm footing in San Diego for many years to come.

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Boston Red Sox/Detroit Tigers

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    Jose Iglesias gets credit for playing on two teams, after the Boston Red Sox traded him to the Detroit Tigers.

    So far, Iglesias is batting .318 with two home runs and 23 RBI. He continually finds ways to get on base.

    There's a reason he was one of the top prospects for the Red Sox and why it was tough to part with him in a trade that brought Jake Peavy to Boston.

    Iglesias is a tough pick at shortstop because of another quality player at the position in Adeiny Hechavarria of the Miami Marlins.

    Both would be good picks here, but ultimately, Iglesias' numbers were better over fewer at-bats.

3rd Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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    I know I'm going to catch a lot of flack for this one, but Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is a good candidate for NL rookie of the year. I know he probably won't get it, but if I had to vote today, it would be him.

    While most people will yell and scream about the guy in the next slide deserving the award, I feel Arenado has done just as much at the plate.

    Arenado is batting .264 with nine home runs and 43 RBI. His 105 hits lead all rookies, as do his 43 RBI.

    Like I said, I think Arenado is a good candidate, but won't get the award.

    Instead, the NL Rookie of the Year Award will go to this guy...

Outfield: Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    That's right, Yasiel Puig will win the NL Rookie of the Year Award in a landslide.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder took the league by storm and inserted some much-needed energy into the clubhouse. That energy helped propel the Dodgers to first place in the NL West.

    Puig is batting .342 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI in 73 games.

    He was also a candidate for the NL's final vote for the All-Star Game but lost out to Freddie Freeman.

    While he's cooled since his first six weeks in the MLB, Puig is still finding ways to get the job done. If it's not coming in and hitting a pinch-hit home run (after being benched), he's making a play in the outfield to save a run or two.

    Puig has simply been able to do it all, and voters will see that when it comes to handing out the award.

    Speaking of my pick for rookie of the year...

Outfield: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Wil Myers is my pick to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

    The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder was finally given his chance in the big leagues, and he hasn't disappointed. He's batting .296 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in only 56 games.

    Kansas City Royals fans are having a tough time seeing Myers do what he's doing in Tampa Bay. For so long they heard about his potential only to watch him get traded for James Shields. Not saying the Shields trade didn't work out, but fans still would have liked to have had Myers with them in the big leagues.

    Myers has shown that he will be a valuable (and cheap) commodity for the Rays (at least for the next few years).

    Only time will tell if the Rays will add him to the core group that includes Evan Longoria.

Outfield: J.B. Shuck, Los Angeles Angels

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    The third outfield spot was a tough pick, but in the end I went with the Los Angeles Angels' J.B. Shuck.

    I considered other players, like Arizona's A.J. Pollock and Minnesota's Oswaldo Arcia, but in the end it came down to Shuck being more consistent at the plate this year.

    Shuck is batting .292 with two home runs and 31 RBI. His 97 hits are tied for second among rookies, while his 40 strikeouts are the fewest among rookies with at least 70 games played.

    Others may have better power numbers, but consistency is key, which is why Shuck gets the nod as the third outfielder.

Starting Pitcher: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

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    Jose Fernandez wins a close one as the top rookie starting pitcher.

    The contest is between him, Shelby Miller (Cardinals) and Julio Teheran (Braves). To put it into context, let's compare the numbers between the three:

    Jose Fernandez152.217165512.30102
    Shelby Miller139.211151412.90119
    Julio Teheran15515140393.08147

    The numbers are clear that Fernandez is having the best season.

    Sure you can say that he's pitched more innings than Miller, thus he has more strikeouts. But then explain why Miller has allowed more hits and has six fewer quality starts.

    As a Braves fan, I hoped to somehow prove myself wrong and name Teheran as the top guy, but the numbers are clearly in favor of Fernandez.

    Now, if only the Marlins could get some offense behind him.

Relief Pitcher: Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Jim Henderson came out of nowhere this year for the Milwaukee Brewers.

    John Axford was the closer to begin the year, then Francisco Rodriguez took over the closer's role when Axford failed.

    After K-Rod was traded, it became Henderson's job.

    And he hasn't disappointed. Henderson is 3-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 21 saves. 

    While Henderson hasn't shown to be a Craig Kimbrel or Neftali Feliz, he is showing he can get the job done. He's earned a save in each of his last 11 appearances, only giving up one run, while striking out 17.

    No other rookie relief pitcher comes close to the numbers Henderson is putting up.