Ranking the Top Ten MLB Rookie Pitchers Not Named Stephen Strasburg
The 2010 MLB season has been quite a season for rookies may it be Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward or Austin Jackson.
This season has brought us the debuts of some of baseball's most touted prospects and has shown us waht the future of baseball may be.
The most touted prospect of all, Strasburg, debuted about a month ago against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Strasburg phenomenon has struck the country.
There were even talks that the rookie Strasburg could possibly be named an All-Star which would have been completely idiotic due to the fact that he has only pitched in six games though I do feel he is a potential All-Star in the near future.
The phenomenon has struck so much that other rookie pitchers are hardly being spoken about so here are the top ten rookie pitchers not named Stephen Strasburg.
10. Wade Davis, Tampa Bay Rays
Wade Davis was one of baseball's most coveted rookies when the season started, but he has not pitched completely up to par this season for the Rays.
Before this season, Davis had pitched six games in the majors with one shutout and a record of 2-2 and ERA of 3.72.
The Rays, have great pitching from some other starters may it be David Price or Jeff Niemann, yet Davis has not lived up to the hype so far.
Davis currently has a record of 5-9 with an ERA of 4.86. I expect to see Davis improve the Rays already top-notch rotation quite soon.
9. Jeff Stevens, Chicago Cubs
Jeff Stevens is the first of three rookie relief pitchers featured. Stevens had pitched in a previous 12.2 innings before this season and had a sub-par ERA of 7.11 with one win.
He had an amazing start to the season but more recently has started to give up more runs in his relief appearances.
Stevens was recently sent down to the Cubs Triple-A team the Iowa Cubs in order to make room for a player but was brought back up less than a week later when the team suspended Carlos Zambrano.
As previously mentioned, Stevens has not pitched as well in his recent relief appearances which has increased his ERA to 3.63.
8. Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles
Jake Arrieta is the second Orioles rookie pitcher to start this season along with Brian Matusz. He has not shared the same success Arrieta has had.
Matusz has had a rough rookie season going 2-9 with a 4.90 ERA.
Arrieta did not start pitching for the Orioles as early as Matusz, but he was the same amount of wins.
So far this season, Arrieta has only started in a mere five games which happens to be one less than Strasburg.
Arrieta currently stands at a 2-2 record on the season with a 5.81 ERA.
7. John Ely, Los Angeles Dodgers
John Ely has been one of the most under-the-radar rookie pitchers this season. Ely has been pitching quite solidly for the Dodgers so far this season. Ely has pitched well in all but one start against the Reds.
Ely's record currently stands at 4-5 with an ERA of 3.62. I expect to see Ely become the Dodgers' third starter in the near future behind Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw.
6. Drew Storen, Washington Nationals
Drew Storen is the other Nationals rookie pitcher but he is not the player that is drawing 38,000 to each game he pitches.
Storen is the second of three relief pitchers featured. He has been quite under-the-radar in Washington due to huge shadow Strasburg is casting over him.
Storen has pitched quite well out of the bullpen going 2-1 with an ERA of 1.59.
I expect Storen will soon become a star reliever in Washington.
5. Mitch Talbot, Cleveland Indians
Mitch Talbot is another rookie pitcher who has been quite under-the-radar in Cleveland. Talbot had a great start to the season in Cleveland going 7-4 but since he has suffered some losses and has not pitched as well lately.
Talbot currently is 8-7 with an ERA of 3.86, but I expect Talbot to get back to his early season form. I could also see him being a top of the line starter quite soon due to Carmona's many trade rumors.
4. Jon Niese, New York Mets
Jon Niese is another well-known rookie pitcher along with Feliz. Niese had started in eight games prior to this season but suffered from a torn hamstring last season.
Niese has established himself as the Mets' third starter behind Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey and has pitched quite well in the role.
Niese's record currently stands at 6-2 with an ERA of 3.62. Niese even pitched a one-hit shutout earlier this season.
3. Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers
Neftali Feliz is most likely the most well known of all the players featured.
Feliz is the last of the three relief pitchers featured. Prior, to this season Feliz had pitched in twenty games with an ERA of 1.74 and nine holds and two saves.
Feliz was actually named to the American League All-Star team today to play in Anaheim on July 13.
He has had a different role with the Rangers this year than last season being that he is now the team's closer. Feliz currently has 22 saves which leads the American League along with an ERA of 3.00.
2. Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake has been another overlooked rookie pitcher up in Cincinnati.
Leake has pitched quite well for the Red so far this season behind Bronson Aroyo.
He was even undefeated through his whole MLB career until just a few weeks ago when he suffered his first loss.
Leake's record currently stands at an amazing 5-1 with an ERA of 3.30. I expect in a few years, Leake will be the Reds' top-starter.
1. Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
Garcia gets my pick for the "MLB's Top Rookie Pitcher Not Named Stephen Strasburg" because he has bolstered the Cardinals already top-notch rotation.
Garcia along with Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright make the Cardinals one of the best rotations in all of baseball.
He currently has an astounding ERA of 2.10 with a record of 8-4. Garcia may even give Strasburg and Heyward a run for their money at the NL Rookie of the Year award.