It might be that the 2010 rookie class will go down among the greatest to ever break into the big leagues. On the other hand, the 2010 class may just signal a new era of relying on rookie players to make a major impact.
In the past, only a few rookies cracked a starting lineup each year, while others gradually worked to become an everyday player over time. However, last year the two World Series finalists just happened to have rookies starring in central roles, while players like Ike Davis, Mike Stanton, Jaime Garcia and Madison Bumgarner all became solid big leaguers.
2011 will likely again feature several rookies making a big impact early in the year. Who will be this year’s Buster Posey or Neftali Feliz? Read ahead for the rookie from each team destined to make a major impact.
It’s worth remembering that rookie status is granted to a player with fewer than 130 big league plate appearances, no more than 50 innings pitched or no more than 45 days on a big league roster.