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Daver
02-24-2002, 07:58 PM
Top twenty rookie list.Who is no.14? (http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/features/rookies0205.html)

Chisox_cali
02-24-2002, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by daver
Top twenty rookie list.Who is no.14? (http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/features/rookies0205.html)

It's giving me a password prompt, can you just list them here?

Daver
02-24-2002, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Chisox_cali


It's giving me a password prompt, can you just list them here?

Fascist bastards.I'll show them.

Daver
02-24-2002, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by daver


Fascist bastards.I'll show them.

February 22, 2002

This is our annual projection of rookies to watch, with the rankings based on a player’s immediate opportunity and ability to make an impact, as well as his long-term potential. Rookie eligibility requires that players have no more than 130 major league at-bats, 50 innings or 45 days on a major league roster. The list was compiled by the Baseball America staff, with capsules written by Josh Boyd.


Josh Beckett
Photo: Ken Babbitt
1. Josh Beckett, rhp, Marlins
Beckett has the dominant stuff to step in as a 21-year-old ace of a staff that already includes a wealth of young talent. He became the second high school pitcher to reach the big leagues after signing a major league contract, and needed just 199 innings to do so.

2. Carlos Pena, 1b, Athletics
The presence of Rafael Palmeiro and the signing of Juan Gonzalez blocked him in Texas, but a six-player deal with Oakland put him in line to replace Jason Giambi. Pena overcame a slow start last year to show he’s big league ready.

3. Kazuhisa Ishii, lhp, Dodgers
The last time Los Angeles looked to Japan for a starter, it hit the jackpot with Hideo Nomo. The Dodgers missed out on Ichiro Suzuki, but expect the colorful Ishii to step in and make an impact. He’s a strikeout pitcher with a knack for big games.

4. Sean Burroughs, 3b, Padres
Burroughs has evolved from the son of 1974 American League MVP Jeff Burroughs, to the star of back-to-back Little League World Series champions, to a high school All-American, to a first-round pick, to a minor league star. San Diego has moved Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko to hand third base to Burroughs.

5. Juan Cruz, rhp, Cubs
Cruz’ true age (23) may have been revealed in January, but it won’t make it any easier for opponents to figure out his overpowering arsenal. His late-season callup in 2001 proved he’s ready to join fellow flamethrower Kerry Wood in the Chicago rotation.

6. Eric Hinske, 3b, Blue Jays
Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi is one of the few people who believes Hinske can play third. He’s so convinced that he has been involved with two trades for him and made acquiring Hinske one of his top priorities when taking over the Blue Jays.


Nick Johnson
Photo: Rick Battle
7. Nick Johnson, 1b/dh, Yankees
Jason Giambi’s presence will force manager Joe Torre to find ways to get Johnson’s bat in the lineup. Johnson’s glove could earn him more time at first base, but he’ll also see regular duty as DH, and his athleticism will allow him to play the outfield.

8. Morgan Ensberg, 3b, Astros
Ensberg has hit .304 with 51 home runs over the last two years between Double-A and Triple-A without much acclaim. Maybe that’s because he’s 26, but he should be able to push Chris Truby aside and win a regular job.

9. Carlos Hernandez, lhp, Astros
Hernandez might have lost his rookie status last year if he hadn’t injured his rotator cuff diving into second base. He began his big league career with 17 consecutive scoreless innings, looking like the lefty Houston has sought since trading Mike Hampton.

10. Hank Blalock, 3b, Rangers
The 21-year-old Blalock will face stiff competition for a big league job, but after a breakthrough 2001 season he’s certainly capable of winning it. Texas might play it safe and give him time in Triple-A.

11. Ramon Vazquez, ss, Padres
San Diego has been looking for a reliable shortstop for a decade and had to give up Ben Davis to acquire Vazquez from Seattle in December. After hitting .300-10-79 in Triple-A last summer, he led the Puerto Rican League in hitting this winter.


Brad Wilkerson
Photo: Larry Goren
12. Brad Wilkerson, of, Expos
Montreal thought it would have a logjam in the outfield with Milton Bradley, Peter Bergeron and Wilkerson, but Bradley was traded and Bergeron has been disappointing. Wilkerson struggled last year in his debut with the Expos, though he was battling injuries and should bounce back.

13. Nick Neugebauer, rhp, Brewers
As with Hernandez, a shoulder injury derailed Neugebauer’s 2001 big league coming-out party. His status is uncertain heading into spring training after surgery last fall, though he should join the Milwaukee rotation no later than May. He may rival Beckett as a strikeout pitcher.

14. Joe Crede, 3b, White Sox
Crede ranked No. 18 on this list a year ago and couldn’t win a job away from Jose Valentin or Herbert Perry. After another solid year in the minors, Crede is poised to take over. Perry has been traded and Valentin should spend time at several positions.


Eric Byrnes
Photo: Larry Goren
15. Eric Byrnes, of, Athletics

Byrnes solidified his status going into spring training by breaking the Dominican League’s home run record this winter. Jermaine Dye’s broken leg spells opportunity for Byrnes, who could shift to left field when Dye returns.

16. Nate Cornejo, rhp, Tigers
Cornejo won 20 games last year between three levels, and his stuff has been compared to Kevin Brown because of the heavy sink on his fastball. He’s a durable workhorse ready to take advantage of Comerica Park’s spacious dimensions.

17. Michael Cuddyer, of/3b, Twins
Cuddyer broke out in his second trip through the Double-A Eastern League and continued his progress in the Arizona Fall League. Drafted as a shortstop, he has spent the majority of his minor league career at third base. Minnesota hopes his power-packed bat can fill a void in right field and in the heart of the order.

18. Mario Ramos, lhp, Rangers
Ramos has a 30-9, 2.88 record in two-plus seasons, and his ability to carve up lineups without an overpowering pitch prompted Texas to give up a budding star in Pena to acquire him from Oakland.


Orlando Hudson
19. Orlando Hudson, 2b/3b, Blue Jays
Incumbent Homer Bush and his $3 million contract will be tough to move, but he’ll need to improve on his career .332 on-base percentage or relinquish his duties to Hudson. If Bush stays put, Hudson also provides insurance for the unproven Hinske at third.

20. Austin Kearns, of, Reds
A strained thumb ligament limited Kearns to 59 games in Double-A last year, but his Arizona Fall League performance was encouraging. The perennially underachieving Juan Encarnacion is the only thing preventing Kearns from joining Ken Griffey and Adam Dunn in what should blossom into one of baseball’s top outfields.

Chisox_cali
02-24-2002, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by daver


Fascist bastards.I'll show them.

They are Facist Bastards, and they're also Crazy Bastards if they think Crede is gonna get any PT this year