Rookies: Get Them While They are Hot

As each season progresses, some players go down with injuries, others struggle, and some emerge as stars. Sometimes those “some” that emerge are rookies called up mid-season. We saw a few who were called up during the 2010 season that really excelled: Stephen Strasburg (14 K in MLB debut), Mike Stanton (22 HR in 100 GP), and Buster Posey (NL Rookie of the Year). Almost all owners have to deal with an injury or a player that struggles, so they are forced to turn elsewhere for production. We have already seen many rookies called up early in the season succeed: Dustin Ackley, Anthony Rizzo, and Eric Homser. There are situations where a rookie may be a very useful to your team. Below is a list of 5 prospects who have recently got the call, or who are going to waiting for the call, that you should give some thought for now and the very near future.

  1. Desmond Jennings OF, Tampa Bay Rays- Jennings is being named as the guy to replace Carl Crawford in Tampa. That is a lot of pressure to put on youngster, especially since those are some big shoes to fill. However, if Tampa asks Jennings to produce the type of numbers Crawford is producing in Boston, he shouldn’t have too much trouble with that. Jennings, in the minors, hit very well with a line of .275BA/12HR/17SB/68R. Jennings is a good guy to grab if you have a spot open in your outfield.
  2. Mike Trout OF, Los Angeles Angels- Trout has been in the big leagues for a couple weeks, but he is still something to talk about. At 19, he is the youngest player in the majors. He is also the top prospect in baseball. His numbers in the minors (.324 BA/68 R/94 H/28 SB) were much better than his numbers so far in the pros(.167 BA/1 HR), but he is still an excellent option, especially as a future star. So if you are in a keeper league or already looking forward to next year because of a poor start, Trout is somebody to add to your list of guys to watch.
  3. Jason Kipnis 2B, Cleveland Indians- The Indians are starting to slide a little too far in the standings, so the Kipnis call up will be vital for their chances in the division. Kipnis is a talented young hitter who brings a fresh look to the Indians ball club. The Grady Sizemore injury (that’s said too much nowadays) has put Cleveland in search for a bat to help their ever-struggling offense. After having a no-no thrown against them, it is time to get answers. Kipnis’ minor league numbers were very good before his call, hitting .279BA/12HR/55 RBI/15 2B. Give him a look if, like the other two, you want somebody different on your team.
  4. Brett Lawrie 3B, Toronto Blue Jays- Lawrie has been a force in the minors, giving the Blue Jays some hope for the future. His line is a very impressive, posting .358 BA/22 2B/59 R/5 HR. The Blue Jays are once again out of the race because of a competitive division, Lawrie could see some time in the majors. Keep a close eye because if he gets his shot this year, he will be another prospect worth watching.
  5. Julio Teheran P, Atlanta Braves- Teheran has been called for a couple spot starts so far this season, but he has not gotten the call officially to stay. The roster expansion in September could Teheran’s next shot in the majors, but if not, he should get his shot in 2012. His numbers in the minors have impressive, going 11-1, with a 1.67 ERA, 98 K, and a 8.2 K/9 IP. Keep an eye on him, because when he gets his shot, he will be a must-have prospect.

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