MLB's 2010 Rookie All-Star Team
2010 certainly seems to have provided one of baseball's most dynamic draft classes in years. Every corner of the Majors seems to have itself a prominent and productive rookie.
Whether it's speed, power, consistent hitting, or power pitching; every base seems to be covered.
Here's to the rookies of 2010. If an All-Star team was strictly comprised of MLB rookies, it would probably look something like this...
The Lineup: 1. CF, Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers
67 G, 44 R, 84 H, 1 HR, 17 RBI, .310 BA
Jackson led the Majors in hits in the month of April, and despite slumping of late, he is still keeping that batting average above .300.
His plate discipline has been called into question, and if he can develop it more, he may find himself striking out less while picking up more hits. Improved hitting means he could find himself chasing the 200-hit mark.
2. DH, Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins
73 G, 39 R, 81 H, 8 HR, 36 RBI, .302 BA
Sanchez is developing into a very reliable hitter who can be utilized at about any slot in the lineup. He's raking against lefty pitchers with a .333 average and two homers.
Seven of his eight homers have come while batting second in the order, exactly why he'd bat two on this All-Star team. Overshadowed by many rookies with bigger names, he's quietly turning in an excellent season.
It also doesn't hurt his numbers that he dominates against division rivals like the Mets.
3. RF, Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves
71 G, 41 R, 64 H, 11 HR, 45 RBI's, .251 BA
He certainly has the makeup of a big league power hitter and run producer.
Currently battling injury, Heyward might be undershooting some of the lofty expectations that were set for him.
But nonetheless, his numbers are towards the top of the class for his ability to drive in his teammates and draw walks.
4. LF, Brennan Boesch, Detroit Tigers
54 G, 26 R, 68 H, 12 HR, 45 RBI, .335 BA
The biggest batting surprise out of the 2010 rookie class just so happens to be the most productive one.
No rookie has hit as many homers as Boesch, even the big names like Heyward who had a couple weeks of a head start on him. Boesch wasn't too much of a household name before the beginning of the year, but his numbers speak for themselves.
The biggest reason for Boesch's success is his ability to hammer left-handed pitching with his left-handed bat. He's hitting an unbeatable .447 against southpaws.
5. 1B, Ike Davis, New York Mets
63 G, 37 R, 61 H, 9 HR, 33 RBI, .264 BA
Ike Davis would only be starting in the field over Gaby Sanchez because of his uncanny ability to pull off acrobatic catches in foul ground.
Ike has made a great transition to the Major League level and its noticeable in how he conducts himself on the field.
He seems very mature for his age and has minimized the typical rookie mishaps. He also is showing a ton of power potential.
6. 3B, David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
70 G, 28 R, 71 H, 4 HR, 36 RBI, .296 BA
Freese brings a great deal of stability to the Cardinals lineup.
He has some power and can collect hits to get himself on base. After batting .300 for most of the first half of 2010, his average has dipped below .300.
Freese is another righty third baseman that crushes left-handed pitching and he is batting .324 with runners in scoring position.
7. C, Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
16 G, 8 R, 17 H, 4 HR, 14 RBI, .333 BA
Now he's only appeared in a handful of games, but the switch-hitting catcher who has drawn comparisons to Victor Martinez is really making his presence known.
He's begun hitting home runs at an alarming rate. At this rate, his plate discipline is more than ready for big league action (12 walks, 6 k's).
He's quickly looking like the whole package for the Indians who are desperate for a young star.
8. 2B, Reid Brignac, Tampa Bay Rays
60 G, 22 R, 46 H, 2 HR, 24 RBI, .272 BA
He might not have begun to showcase his skills completely yet, but Brignac has the tools to grow into a solid all-around middle infielder.
He hasn't had a ton of starting time this year, but in the games he has appeared in, he's hit with regularity.
Brignac has been able to hit lefties and his hitting over .300 with runners in scoring position. He's slowed down after a red hot May, but he still has the makings of a consistent hitter.
9. SS, Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
73 G, 27 R, 60 H, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 6 SB, .250 BA
Desmond has proven to be a solid addition to the Nats starting lineup. His fielding has been subject to criticism. He can convert on some flashy plays, but falters in routine or crucial situations.
Desmond has a pretty good bat and speed. He's been caught stealing once, and stolen six. One would think he would utilize his speed more, but that hasn't been the case.
If Desmond explores his speed, it could add an extra dimension to his game and make him more of a star.
Bench, OF, Tyler Colvin, Chicago Cubs
68 G, 24 R, 40 H, 10 HR, 27 RBI, .288 BA
Left-handed slugger Tyler Colvin is quietly putting together a solid rookie campaign.
In limited playing time, his power numbers have been that of a full-time starting outfielder.
His plate discipline will need some work, but he certainly is able to tag right-hand pitchers for home runs, and hasn't struggled against lefties.
OF, Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals
53 G, 15 R, 46 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 6 SB, .291 BA
Bernadina has great all-around skills. He can swing the bat for contact, drive the ball, and steal bases.
An outfielder of his caliber fits in well with the likes of speedster Nyjer Morgan, and hard hitter Josh Willingham. Bernadina fields his position very well.
C, John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays
47 G, 20 R, 39 H, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB, .271 BA
Jaso is an interesting catcher. He is an excellent hitter in that he's proven that he has a great eye for the ball while hitting.
He's drawn 29 walks while only striking out 16 times thus far in 2010. His high OBP has given him the opportunity to bat leadoff, something a catcher rarely does. He helps add flexibility to Manager Joe Maddon's lineup.
C/1B, Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
25 G, 10 R, 27 H, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .293 BA
Buster Posey is another prime example of a rookie who hasn't taken much time to adjust to big league hitting.
Its going to take him some more time to put up big numbers, but he has hit with enough regularity in his 25 games to be considered a top notch rookie.
1B, Justin Smoak, Texas Rangers
60 G, 28 R, 45 H, 8 HR, 34 RBI, .225 BA
Smoak is another young first basemen who can swing a big stick. His average has suffered because he can be a bit of a free swinger, but he certainly has power.
The plate patience has been there at times, considering the 36 walks that he has drawn.
LHP, Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
7-4, 2.27 ERA, 15 G/GS, 87.1 IP, 70 SO, 1.26 WHIP
Despite a couple of questionable starts recently, Garcia's numbers are still top of the line in the National League.
His control has been relatively impressive all year. Lefties are batting just .200 against him. During spring training, Tony La Russa said Garcia was the best looking of all of his starting pitchers.
That might not be completely true, but it certainly shows that La Russa wasn't kidding around. Garcia has easily been the most dominant rookie pitcher out there.
RHP, Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds
5-1, 3.30 ERA, 15 G/GS, 95.1 IP, 62 SO
Opposition might be starting to figure Leake out, but all numbers aside, the guy jumped from college to professional baseball.
For a guy who made absolutely no stops in the minors, Leake is turning in a phenomenal rookie year. His stuff isn't electric, but he's young and has been able to fool hitters.
Leake has been an extremely pleasant surprise for a surprising Reds team.
RHP, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
2-2, 2.27 ERA, 5 G/GS, 31.2 IP, 48 SO, 1.01 WHIP
Whether or not he's started enough games to be considered by many to be an NL All-Star, he certainly seems to possess the qualifications of a rookie All-Star.
Strasburg is a once-in-a-generation freak pitcher, and his excessive strikeout numbers and ridiculous set of pitchers are proof enough.
The Nationals might not give him run support, but his performances have already spoken for themselves.
RHP, Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies
4-7, 3.51 ERA, 12 G, 11 GS, 66.2 IP, 71 SO, 1.30 WHIP
Chacin flies under the radar behind the top of his rookie class, but he brings heat second-most to Strasburg (not to compare the two).
Chacin has a lot of upside pitching at a hitters park like Coors Field with his hard-throwing arm. Chacin has simply provided the Rockies with a young arm and quality all-around pitching.
RHP, John Ely, Los Angeles Dodgers
3-5, 3.86 ERA, 11 G/GS, 67.2 IP, 50 SO, 1.16 WHIP
Ely has shown off some impressive control for a guy many baseball fans hadn't heard of prior to the season.
His 1.16 WHIP is very impressive, as his is control. He's walked just 18, sporting great control for young rotation arm.
RHP, Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers
1-1, 2.70 ERA, 34 G, 20 SV, 33.1 IP, 37 SO, 0.96 WHIP
Feliz has slid into the Rangers closing role almost seamlessly. At the moment he is leading the American League in saves.
His ability to pitch around batters without walking them and to avoid giving big hits is fantastic. He's a hard thrower and developing into a perfect closer, especially if his young age is taken into consideration.
He has a very bright future and is contributing to the success of the Rangers.
RHP, John Axford, Milwaukee Brewers
3-1, 2.70 ERA, 17 G, 7 SV, 20 IP, 25 SO, 1.25 WHIP
Axford is another player who has shown signs of reliability out of the pen, and flashes of potential as a closer.
He's trying to cement himself a role in the Brewers bullpen. He can bring the heat, and has the potential to do just that.