Fantasy Baseball: Eric Hosmer and the Top 5 Impact Rookies of MLB in 2011

Scott ResnickCorrespondent IIJune 13, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: Eric Hosmer and the Top 5 Impact Rookies of MLB in 2011

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 2:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals slides in to score a run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium on June 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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    Eric Hosmer and the rest of his rookie counterparts have infused Major League Baseball with youthful energy so far in 2011.

    However, it hasn't just been their intangibles that have captivated the baseball world this season.

    The young guns have put up statistics that have made fantasy owners drool. This infatuation has caused owners to lie awake in bed at night while pondering a scenario in which they could acquire these rookie talents.

    If you're one of those owners looking to cash in on baseball's fountain of youth, then you've come to the right place.

    Here are the top five impact rookies of 2011.

Eric Hosmer

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 31:  Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in action during the game against  the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 31, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    2011 Statistics

    AVG: .284

    OBP: .335

    OPS: .781

    Home Runs: 5

    RBI: 21

    Runs: 19

    Since being called up to the big leagues by the Kansas City Royals on May 6th, all Eric Hosmer has done is prove he belongs.

    In his past nine games, Hosmer has been on fire, going 16-for-39 with nine RBI in that span.

    He currently ranks second among rookies with both his .284 batting average and .335 on-base percentage.

Freddie Freeman

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 27:  Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves against the Cincinnati Reds at Turner Field on May 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    2011 Statistics

    AVG: .272

    OBP: .336

    OPS: .757

    HR: 6

    RBI: 25

    R: 27

    As the starting first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman ranks first among rookies with his .336 OBP. He also ranks top-five in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average.

    Freeman's been a consistent force in the middle of the Braves batting order, a lineup that otherwise has been quite fragile this year.

Darwin Barney

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    PHILADELPHIA , PA - JUNE 11:  Darwin Barney #15  of the Chicago Cubs readies to take batting practice prior to the start of his game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 11, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Red
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    2011 Statistics

    AVG: .295

    OBP: .322

    OPS: .682

    HR: 1

    RBI: 25

    R: 33

    A lone bright spot for the Chicago Cubs this year has been the play of rookie second baseman Darwin Barney.

    Barney's .295 batting average leads all rookies. His 33 runs and 72 hits lead all rookies in those respective categories as well.

    Darwin possesses both SS and 2B eligibility in most leagues, making him a sound option for owners.

Michael Pineda

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    DETROIT - JUNE 11:  Michael Pineda #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the fifth inning during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Mariners 8-1.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty
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    2011 Statistics

    Record: 6-4

    ERA: 2.72

    K's: 80

    WHIP: 1.04 

    IP: 82.2

    Entering the 2010 season, Michael Pineda was ranked as the Seattle Mariners' No. 6 prospect. Now, he's found a home in Seattle's starting rotation and is on the fast track to the American League Rookie of the Year Award.

    Pineda ranks first among rookies in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts.

    Even more impressive, his 2.72 ERA is good enough for 12th among big league pitchers.

Jeremy Hellickson

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10:  Jeremy Hellickson #58 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2011 Statistics

    Record: 7-4

    ERA: 3.03

    K's: 52

    WHIP: 1.16

    IP: 113.2

    The 24-year-old Jeremy Hellickson has already begun racking up the accolades in his young career. He was the American League's Pitcher of the Month as well as Rookie of the Month for May.

    His 3.03 ERA is second among Tampa Bay Rays starting pitchers, as well as all rookie starting pitchers.

    In most leagues, Hellickson has eligibility as both a SP and RP, giving him added versatility—as if you needed another reason to acquire him.