MLB Predictions 2011: 10 Rookie of the Year Candidates Who Have Yet to Debut

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MLB Predictions 2011: 10 Rookie of the Year Candidates Who Have Yet to Debut
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The MLB season is barely a month old, and certain players are already off to slow starts.  As I write, Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is batting just .167.  As is common this time of year, some frustrated fans have one thought on their minds: "Isn't there anyone in the minors we can call up???"

Ironically enough, we are approaching the time of year when most MLB teams call up their top prospects for a full-time spot in the lineup.  The reason for doing this is to extend when a player will be eligible for salary arbitration.  In some cases, most notably that of Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, this player can be a team's saving grace.  In 2008, Longoria was called up to the majors a couple of weeks into the season and won the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

There are lots of teams with great prospects in the minor leagues, including Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals (pictured at left), and some of these teams have a dire need at the position said prospects play.  Here are 10 Rookie of the Year candidates who have yet to see any time this season.  If any of their GMs see the stats they've posted thus far, perhaps they will get a shot at the top level.

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