Top 10 MLB Rookies 2013
The 2012 season was full of rookies who made impacts for their teams,such as Mike Trout,Bryce Harper ,and Manny Machado. In 2013, the names aren’t as big as those three but there is a bunch of rookies who have made a strong impact and has given fans hope for the future of their favorite ball club . These are the top 10 rookies of the 2013 MLB season.
10. Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves, C/OF
Gattis was the National League Rookie of the Month in April and May, while filling in for Braves catcher Brian McCann. Gattis hit .282 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in those two months. In the next three months, he only has three home runs and 15 RBIs and his legend has cooled off in Atlanta, when they were thinking about not resigning McCann who is a free agent after this season. Gattis,27, could still be a big part off the bench as the Braves head to the playoffs.
9. Zack Wheeler, New York Mets, SP
Wheeler has given Mets fans hope for the future as himself and Matt Harvey give the Mets a solid 1-2 punch. Wheeler won his first start against in his hometown of Atlanta against the Braves. Through 13 starts, Wheeler is 6-3 with a 3.42 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Wheeler is showing that the trade to get him from the San Francisco Giants was well worth it.
8. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves, SP
Teheran got off to a slow start in April after having a great spring training but Teheran has been the ace of the Braves rotation. Teheran,22, is 10-7 with a 3.08 ERA and has 140 strikeouts in 155 innings for the first place Braves this season. Teheran is the first Colombian starting pitcher to win ten games in a season.
7. Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers, SS
Iglesias started his 2013 season with the Boston Red Sox and batted .330 with on home run and 19 RBIs. He was traded to the Tigers in a three team deal, the Tigers acquired Iglesias because of the suspension looming on Jhonny Peralta in the Biogenesis investigation. Iglesias has played a solid defense for the Tigers and is hitting .266 with one homer and four RBIs for the Tigers. Tigers manager Jim Leyland gave praise to Iglesias as a player.
6. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays, SP
Archer has three wins against the division rival, New York Yankees. Archer was named the American league Pitcher and Rookie of the month of July. He went 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA over five starts in July. Archer is 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA. If Archer has a strong finish in September, he could win the American League Rookie of the Year.
5. Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals, SP
Miller is tied for the most wins by a rookie so far in 2013. Miller has been a nice 1-2 punch with Adam Wainwright as the Cardinals go for another playoff appearance in 2013. Miller is 12-8 with a 2.90 ERA with 151 strikeouts, which is second among rookies, in 25 starts.
4. Hyun-jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers, SP
Ryu is the number 3 starter for the Dodgers behind the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, and Zack Greinke. Ryu signed a deal with the Dodgers in 2012 during the offseason coming over from Korea. Ryu has not disappointed, he has a 12-5 record with a 3.08 ERA in 160.2 innings pitched which leads all rookies. Ryu is a hefty lefty that draws comparison to David Wells.
3. Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays, OF
Myers was acquired from the Royals for James Shields and Wade Davis. Since being called up on June 17, Myers has been a big part of the Rays. He is batting .286 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs. Myers has drawn comparisons to fellow teammate Evan Longoria. Myers is the favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year.
2. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
Puig took the baseball world by storm in his first month. He helped turn the Dodgers season around. They were in last place at the time, he was called up, and now are in first place in the NL West. Puig shows all five tools that a baseball scout looks for. He is hitting .346, which leads all rookies, and has 13 home runs and 30 RBIs this season.
1. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins, SP
Fernandez started the season in Class-A ball and now he is a Cy Young award candidate. Fernandez leads all rookies in strikeouts with 165. Fernandez, 21, has a 10-5 record for the Marlins, who have a 49-83 record 2nd worst in MLB. Fernandez was an All-Star this season in his rookie year. While writing this article, Fernandez set the single season strikeout record for the Marlins franchise history.