The 2011 MLB season saw a number of rookies who made their presence felt in a major way. In the National League, Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, Josh Collmenter, Danny Espinosa, Vance Worley, Cory Luebke, Brandon Beachy and Wilson Ramos were just a few of the first-year players whose stars shined brightly on the senior circuit.
In the American League, Mark Trumbo, Jeremy Hellickson, Eric Hosmer, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Jemile Weeks and Jordan Walden were all first-year players who contributed mightily to their team’s efforts.
In 2012, there will be number of players who will once again be vying not only for playing time for their particular teams, but who could very well make huge impacts as well.
Bleacher Report will attempt to pick out 25 potential stars on the rise in the upcoming 2012 season.