MLB: Ranking the Top 5 Rookies of the NL Central

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MLB: Ranking the Top 5 Rookies of the NL Central
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There's a good crop of rookies this year in the NL Central. Some are accompanied by spectacular hype, while others are exceeding expectations.

This year's crop is weaker than the last few. Players like Yonder Alonso, Devin Mesoraco and Jordan Lyles are all on the horizon.

One of the division's best young pitchers, Andrew Cashner, just barely missed the cut as a rookie and it's a shame because he just recently got the opportunity that he deserved.

Other than Cashner, there are some great players already making their mark like those before them.

Here are the last three Rookie of the Year winners to come out of the NL Central:

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs - 2008

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers - 2007

Jason Bay, Pittsburgh Pirates - 2004

Now for the ranking of the top five from the division in the 2011 Rookie of the Year race.

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