10. Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners)-
Whereas Felix Hernandez has solely made Four begins within the Main Leagues this yr, he has finished sufficient in these Four begins to have him acknowledged as one of many prime rookies within the main leagues. He at present has an ERA of 1.24, and has been dominating opponents with the convenience of a savvy veteran. Felix Hernandez is simply 19 years outdated, and might be one of the best prospect pitcher to come back alongside since Mark Prior. Whereas it is nonetheless very early in Felix’s profession, he appears to have a really brilliant future as a dominant #1 starter forward of him.
9. Joey Gathright (Tampa Bay Satan Rays)-
Joey Gathright is without doubt one of the quickest gamers in Main League Baseball. Since he solely has 100 at-bats to his title, he can’t be ranked larger, however he has proven the promise to be a superb beginning middle fielder within the main leagues. He’s hitting .286, and he already has stolen 10 bases. Anticipate Gathright to problem for the stolen base title for the subsequent a number of years.
8. Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)-
Robinson Cano has finished a superb job filling in at 2nd base for the Yankees this yr. He has hit .277, however he additionally performed very properly defensively at 2nd base. Taking part in for the New York Yankees can also be a troublesome proposition for any participant, not to mention a rookie. With the Yankees struggling to get into the playoffs the staff has been underneath extra scrutiny than ever, and Cano has dealt with it with as a lot class as one might anticipate.
7. Zach Duke (Pittsburgh Pirates)-
Zach Duke has proven that he has an extremely nasty overhand curve, to go together with a 90 miles per hour heater. At this level he has an ERA of 1.87, whereas going 6-Zero to start out off his main league profession. Duke threw a whole lot of innings within the minors this yr as properly, so the Pirates would possibly attempt to shut him down in order that he does not put on himself out. Duke has proven that he’s the actual deal, and could possibly be a power within the Pirates employees for years to come back.
6. Tadahito Iguchi (Chicago White Sox)-
Tadahito has hit .280 for the White Sox this yr, however his worth has been shifting runners over within the 2nd gap for the White Sox. One of many large causes the White Sox have succeeded this yr has been as a result of the staff has performed strong basic baseball. A big a part of their staff has been Tadahito, who has continuously sacrificed his personal at bats for the nice of the staff. Whereas Tadahito’s stats could not bounce out at you, he has joined Main League Baseball and has performed an integral half for a playoff caliber ballclub.
5. Ervin Santana (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)-
Ervin Santana has gone 7-5 with a 4.41 ERA for the Angels this yr. Because the yr has progressed, Ervin has grow to be a greater and higher pitcher. With the Angels preventing for a playoff spot, Ervin has grow to be a key cog within the Angels rotation. Santana has not given up greater than Three runs in his previous 7 outings, and with that form of manufacturing, you’ll be able to anticipate Santana to be within the Angels rotation for years to come back.
4. Joe Blanton (Oakland Athletics)-
Blanton has finished a superb job in his 1st full season within the main leagues. Blanton was very extremely touted within the minor leagues, and has are available in and gotten the job finished for the Athletics this yr. Blanton has a 3.75 ERA this yr, however has proven flashes of brilliance, and appears to grow to be the #1 starter that the Athletics have been on the lookout for.
3. Willy Taveras (Houston Astros)-
Willy Taveras has had an incredible rookie season for the Astros. He’s at present batting .301 with 31 stolen bases. He has additionally performed a superb CF, and has been a jump-starter for the Astros lineup all season lengthy. When he will get on base, it is extremely tough to cease him from stealing 2nd. With Taveras in centerfield the Astros have discovered their leadoff hitter for the current and future.
2. Gustavo Chacin (Toronto Blue Jays)-
Gustavo has had a superb season this yr for the hapless Blue Jays. His ERA at 3.40, ranks ninth within the American League. Lefties are at present solely hitting .198 in opposition to him, whereas he is managed to go 11-6 for a dropping Blue Jays staff. Chacin has confirmed that he might grow to be a frontline starter within the Main Leagues within the very close to future.
1. Huston Road (Oakland Athletics)-
Huston Road has been completely phenomenal for the Oakland Athletics this yr. When Octavio Dotel went down for the Athletics there was a big gap within the closers position. Mr. Road got here in and never solely carried out properly, however has helped propel the Athletics in direction of the playoffs. Road has a 1.31 ERA, 16 Saves, and a WHIP at .92. Road ought to win the Rookie of the 12 months within the American League this yr, and with the form of arm that he possesses, he could possibly be a dominant nearer for a few years to come back.
Honorable Mentions – Nick Swisher, Andrew Sisco, Bobby Jenks, Scott Kazmir, Chien-Ming Wang, Matt Murton, Lance Niekro, Garrett Atkins, Jeff Francoeur, Chris Duffy, Prince Fielder, Delmon Younger