One day you're a minor league star and you're being called the future of the organization; the next you're no longer the future, but now you're the present. What's changed? Your location, your teammates, the competition, among other things, but you're still the same player you were the other day.
It's amazing how much pressure fans have begun to put on their team's rookies but, nonetheless, it's how things are. Nowadays, not only are top rookies expected to make massive impacts for teams, but their development period in the minors is shorter than ever.
Of course, you can't blame the fans, or even organizations, for this change; we've seen it before and we'll see it again—rookies who come up and have hugely positive impacts for their teams. And 2011 will be no exception to this.
In this article, I've ranked the top rookies to make their team's Opening Day rosters. The ranking is reflective of both their talents coming into the season and the impact I believe they will have on their team's success.