The Year of the Rookie: The Hitters (The Rest)

September 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm 6 comments

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To finish out my series on “The Year of the Rookie” we are going to take a look at the rest of the rookie hitters that are rookie eligible for this season. The rule for eligible position players is 45 days or more on the 25 man roster prior to 9/1 or 130 career at-bats, whichever comes first. The group of players that fall into this category have anyting from future back-ups to future stars. Here are the rest of the rookie hitters and what I think theor potential is:


I included 2 players (Ellsbury*, Murphy*) that probably won’t reach rookie status and will still be eligible next year. They have had too good of seasons and are close to eligibility. I wanted to put Ellsbury up because I think he can be a young Johnny Damon. He has a Gold Glove in center and the tools to hit .300 with 15 homers and steal 30-45 bases. Murphy isn’t quite as gifted but should give the Rangers a good glove and decent stats.

I left off potential stars Cameron Maybin, Daric Barton, and Joey Votto because they had way too little at-bats. All three are going to do some good things for years to come, keep your eye on each one. Votto and Barton each have great gap power and a stoke that will net them around .300 each year. They will both draw a ton of walks too. Barton will probably hit a little better but Votto has the better glove and a lot more speed. Maybin is the CF of the future for the Tigers. He has outstanding tools but was called up too early in my opinion.

The entire rookie crop of 2007 is going producing some serious talent. From Lincecum to Upton there are potential stars and superstars all over the place. I wouldn’t doubt it if there were anywhere from 2-6 future Hall of Famers in the entire group. What a year for rookies.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Joi  |  September 27, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    i agree with jarrod saltalamacchia, the rangers and braves had the best trade of the season invloving him. i think he will be an all-star and produce 30 or more home runs for the rangers!

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 27, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks. I think he can become a sure star if he stays at catcher. He can hit 30 homers yearly in Arlington and he should hit for a decent AVG too. Salty is going to be very good.

  • 3. charlie  |  September 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Jacoby is going to be a monster for the bosox in the future. Did you see that catch he made the other night while falling into the bullpen. That was awesome. Josh Fields has been really finishing the season strong. I think Mike Fontenot is going to turn into a Mark Derosa later in his years except maybe not his power, but more like his utility being able to play several positions, and play them well.

    I’m not sure why, but it just seems like there is alot more rookies coming up in the majors that will actually pan out and be solid regulars. They all can’t be a Ben McDonalds….. right?

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 27, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I did see Ellsbury’s catch, it was against the Rays! Fields has been on a tear. He has 30-35 homer power, especially in that park but he strikes out a TON. Fontenot is going to be utility guy like Derosa but you’re right about him having less power but he does have better plate discipline than Derosa.

    There will be a few that won’t be much but you are right, there are a ton of guys that look like they will be regulars or better for a long time. That’s why this is “The Year of the Rookie”. Next year is going to be impressive too.

  • 5. Stormy Payne  |  October 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    I think the best rookie in the League this year was Ryan Braun… c-mon he hit well above .300 and had 30+ HR and 98 RBI’s…

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 19, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Offense isn’t the only tool though. Braun’s defense was so bad it might have cost them a game or two and the NL Central. Tulo’s defense saved games and the players on his team say he is the one they follow the example of, plus his offensive numbers were the best ever for a NL shortstop.


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