Craig Kimbrel and the Top 5 Candidates for the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year

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Craig Kimbrel  and the Top 5 Candidates for the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year
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Each year, a new set of young players emerge and show their capability to play well at a major league level. The 2010 NL Rookie class was an extremely strong one that showcased players such as Jason Heyward, Gaby Sanchez, Jaime Garcia, Mike Stanton, Starlin Castro, Ike Davis and Buster Posey.

This year had its own set of rising stars, and there have been several NL rookies who have impressed in their first MLB season. The battle for the 2011 NL ROY is heating up, and the coveted award could end up with anyone.

Enjoy as I present to you the top five NL Rookie of the Year candidates in my first-ever Bleacher Report article. 

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