Major League Baseball: 2011's Top 10 Rookies

Jason AmareldCorrespondent IIMay 29, 2011

Major League Baseball: 2011's Top 10 Rookies

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Right fielder Domonic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 25, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 5-2. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Gett
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    As the second month of the Major League Baseball season comes to an end, there are several rookies that have helped their prospective teams in winning ballgames.

    Who will win the 2011 Rookie of the Year honors? With teams making many recent call-ups, the race for the title is still up in the air and there is a lot of young talent to get excited about.

    Here is the list of player to watch out for in 2011.

10. Kyle Drabek

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    ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08:  Kyle Drabek #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Kyle Drabek is the key element that helped bring Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2010. Drabek has a tremendous skill set and was one of the best pitchers the Philadelphia Phillies farm system has ever produced.

    So far this season, Kyle has a 3-3 record with a 4.16 ERA in 11 starts. He also has 42 K's, but on the down side he has 42 walks. If Kyle can find his control in Toronto, he can become the dominant pitcher they are hoping he can develop into. 

9. Aaron Crow

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    SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 06:  Aaron Crow #43 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during a Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers on March 6, 2010 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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    Aaron Crow, a relief pitcher from the Kansas City Royals, has not only turned out to be one of the most dominant rookies so far this season, but one of the best relief pitchers in all of Major League Baseball.

    In 25.2 innings pitched, Aaron has an 0.70 ERA with 26 K's and only nine base on balls. Pretty Impressive stuff. Aaron has only given up two runs in 21 appearances and one of them came from a home run. 

    There is a lot of young talent brewing in Kansas City. Aaron Crow and company could be looking at a very successful ball club in the upcoming years.

8. Craig Kimbrel

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    PITTSBURGH - MAY 24:  Craig Kimbrel #46 and teammate Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after their win against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty
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    With a fastball that climbs into the upper 90s and curveball that drops off the table, 23-year-old Craig Kimbrel has the potential to develop into one of the most dominant closers in all of baseball.

    Craig has saved 14 games in 18 opportunities, has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings pitched and is on pace to save well over 40 games this season.

    The Atlanta Braves need all the youth they can get with Chipper Jones, Tim Hudson and Dereck Lowe all in their later 30's.

    If they have any chance to overtake the NL East thrown from the Philadelphia Phillies this season, Craig Kimbrel and the rest of the Atlanta Braves have to bring their A-game.

7. Freddie Freeman

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 22:  Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves in action against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 22, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The Atlanta Braves have invested a lot of stock into their 21-year-old first baseman. They love his power and his ability to play an amazing first base.

    His numbers this season are modest, but his potential is astronomical, especially because he is only 21.

    So far, Freddie Freeman is batting .253 with five home runs and 15 RBI. He is seeing the ball well, having 21 walks, giving him an OBP of .333.

    The Atlanta Braves are depending on a balance of savvy veterans and young stars to help get them back into the postseason. Players like Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman must step up if they want to get back to October. 

6. Mark Trumbo

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 20:  Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heads to first after his three run homerun for a 6-0 lead over the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Angel Stadium on May 20, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry
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    A 25-year-old first baseman from the Los Angeles Angels has helped keep his team in the race in the American League West with his power and ability to drive in runs.

    Mark Trumbo has nine home runs, 25 RBI, 11 BB's and a .242 BA. He also four stolen bases so far this season, not too shabby for a rookie first baseman.

    The Los Angeles Angels are another team depending on a lot of young talent to push them into October.  That's a lot of pressure on a young team, especially with defending American League Champion Texas Rangers lurking in the shadows.

4. Zach Britton

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01: Starting pitcher Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Orioles defeated the White Sox 6-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    The 23-year-old south paw from the Baltimore Orioles has jumped out to one of the greatest starts for a rookie pitcher in Baltimore Orioles history.

    Baltimore has come out of the gates swinging and are only 4.5 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox.

    Zach Britton, and a slew of young talent, has the Baltimore Orioles on pace for one of their best finishes in over a decade. 

    So far, Zach Britton has pitched 65 innings and has a 5-2 record. He also has 35 K's, a 1.12 WHIP and a 2.35 ERA.

    If Zach continues to log these types of numbers, he will be in the top three in Rookie of the Year voting in the American League and could pitch nearly 200 innings.

5. J.P. Arencibia

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    DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Catcher J. P. Arencibia #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes the field for play against the Detroit Tigers February 26, 2011 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    The 25-year-old catcher from the Toronto Blue Jays has had one of the most impressive starts to the 2011 season for any rookie. He has power and the ability to call a great game, a rare combination in today's game. 

    J.P. Arencibia has a .252 BA, eight home runs, with 24 RBI. He also has .813 OPS with 17 extra base hits.

    The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tight race in American League East and have the potential to possibly take the wild card spot this year. Their power numbers are the best in baseball and hopefully the help of young talent can boost them into October.

3. Darwin Barney

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 06: Darwin Barney #15 of the Chicago Cubs dives into 2nd base for a steal against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on May 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs leads all rookies with a .312 BA and is developing into one of the most solid second basemen in the National League.

    Darwin also has 24 RBI with only one home run. This tells you he is getting big hits in big situations for the Chicago Cubs. With Starlin Castro at SS, the Chicago Cubs have one of the most impressive middle infields in the National League, not to mention the youngest.

    The way Darwin Barney plays the game reminds me of a younger version of Placido Polanco. He has only 15 K's in 186 AB this season. That is probably the most impressive statistics of any rookie, considering the pitching depth shown so far this year in the National League. 

    In the National League, Darwin has a great chance in becoming the Rookie of the year.

2. Jeremy Hellickson

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    Jeremy Hellickson a 24 year old starting pitcher from the Tampa Bay Rays has already pitched a complete game and a shut out. He poses a 6-3 record, 2.80 ERA with 46 K's in 64.1 innings pitched.

    Many think Hellickson is the favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year honor, he has great potential and hopefully he can keep up his success in the most competitive division in baseball.  

1. Michael Pineda

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    PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 20:  Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait at the Peoria Sports Complex on February 20, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Michael Pineda, a starting pitcher from the Seattle Mariners, he has shown promise to becoming a powerful No. 2 behind Felix Hernandez.

    Pineada is on pace to win 18 games. Here are his stats so far: 63.1 innings pitched, 66 K's, .99 WHIP and a 2.42 ERA.

    A tight race is developing in the American League West, and if Michael Pineda keeps on his pave, he could easily earn the American Leagues Rookie of the Year honors.