Of all the hot top prospects to reach the big leagues in the National League this season—Stephen Strasburg, Ike Davis, Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Jason Heyward, and Pedro Alvarez to name a few—Jaime Garcia of the St. Louis Cardinals has really "flown" under the radar.
Garcia was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft, and has been a real sensation in 2010. Though he actually made his Major League debut in 2008, he only appeared in 10 games, thus allowing him to keep his rookie status for this year—as well as a torn ligament in his left elbow that kept him out of the entire 2009 season.
But Garica has been a remarkable (yet quiet) story in 2010. He has a record of 8-4 and a nifty 2.17 ERA through his first 17 starts of the year. He's allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but one of his starts, including five in which he gave up zero earned runs. It's a real shame that this 24-year-old lefty is not going to Anaheim as a member of the National League All-Star team.
Fun fact: the last member of the St. Louis Cardinals to win the Rookie of the Year award? Some guy named Albert in 2001.
Didn't Quite Make the Cut: Ike Davis, John Ely, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Stanton, Mike Leake, and Jason Heyward.