The All-rookie Team
This year seems to be full of high-hype guys coming up through the minors ready to make an impact in the show. I will give an infield and three outfield positions plus 5 starters and a reliever/closer position. The rules for a "rookie" are less than 162 games played in their career. For a starter, less than 30 games started. For a reliever, less than 50 games played in. Enjoy!
1st Base: Matt LaPorta
Back in 2008, LaPorta was a can't miss prospect who was traded for CC Sabathia. Now, after some injuries and inconsistoncy has set him back, it looks like he has the 1st base job to himself in the Indians organization.
2nd Base: Gordon Beckham
Having recently moved from 3rd to 2nd base, Beckham qualifies for the team. He hits .270 with 22 hrs when he hits the 162 gm. mark and 11 sb at the same point. He will only get better.
Shortstop: Elvis Andrus
You would know if this guy was good if they made Michael Young move to a new position. I would compare Andrus to Yunel Escobar. Andrus is fast, a great fielder, and about average in the average area.
3rd Basemen: Casey McGehee
Ok, this is a pathetic pick, I know. If you look at it, there really are no rookies at this position. McGehee is having a breakout start of the 2010 season and if he could continue this, he could be good.
Outfield 1: Jason Heyward
The expectations for this guy are so high, I don't know if he can meet them. Even if he does not meet them, he will still be a heck of a player. This guy is a true 5-tool player. He will be a fixture in the MLB for years to come.
Outfield 2: Garrett Jones
This guy has been money this season and it looks like he will not be slowing down any time soon. He started the season on opening day with 2 hrs and he has not looked back he has only played 122 games (through 4/16/10) so he is eligible for this list
Outfield 3: Austin Jackson
Traded for Curtis Granderson , Austin Jackson is much like Elvis Andrus. Speed fielding and from what it looks like this year, some batting average too.
Catcher: Buster Posey
The projected starting catcher of 2010 didn't really pan out because of Bengie Molina. When he gets the call, he will be a 4-tool player which is what you get from a catcher.
Starting Pitcher 1: Stephen Strasburg
Strasburg was the first overall pick of the 2009 draft. There was speculation about skipping the minors and head straight for Washington. 100 mph fastball and just as good off-speed pitches. He will be the ace of the future for the Nationals for years to come.
Starting Pitcher 2: Aroldis Chapman
He can be wild or effective. Throws 100 mph too. He will be up soon. Chapman is a hit-or miss type of guy.
Starting Pitcher 3: Ian Kennedy
He was expected to be huge. He didn't exactly turn out that way but he can still improve. I think that moving to a new rotation will do him good.
Starting Pitcher 4: Mike Leake
Leake did go straight through the minors and made his first major league start just about a week ago. He was incredible. If his last start was any sign of what he will do in the future, he could be really good.
Starting Pitcher 5: Jon Niese
The #3 pitcher for the New York Mets, Jon Niese has it all he needs. He has a low 90's fastball, a nasty slow curve and above average off speed pitches too. I like this guy and I can see him getting about 13 wins this year
Relief/ Closing Pitcher: Neftali Feliz
Much like Chapman and Strasburg, Feliz can throw 100 too. Right now, he is coming out of the bullpen for the Rangers, they say that their eventual plan is to have him start sometime in the near future