Top Rookies List: June 20, 2010

Top Rookies List: June 20, 2010

The following is a new list we created listing the top rookies in baseball.  The list is based on long-term career outlook rather than current performance. Instead of following a traditional “prospect list” format where players are only removed after the meet the mlb definition of rookie (i.e., 45 days, etc)—during the season—players called up to the major leagues are immediately moved onto this list.

The list is not perfect, and we will continue updating to add any players we might have missed.  Furthermore, the number of players will expand to at least 75 as the season progresses.  Hopefully, the list will help fantasy leaguers evaluate some of the best young players.  This group has to be the best rookie class I have seen, so expect to hear many of these names for a long time.   

The top rookies are: 

1.   Stephen Strasburg (P—WAS)
2.   Jason Heyward (OF—ATL)
3.   Mike Stanton (OF—FLA)
4.    Carlos Santana (C—CLE)
5.    Pedro Alvarez (3B—PIT)
6.    Buster Posey (C/1B—SF)
7.    Neftali Feliz (P—TEX)
8.     Mike Leake (P—CIN)
9.     Jaime Garcia (P—STL)
10.  Justin Smoak (1B—TEX)
11.  Starlin Castro (SS—CHI)
12.  Brian Matusz (P—BAL)
13.  Alcides Escobar (SS—MIL)
14.  Austin Jackson (OF—DET)
15.  Wade Davis (P—TB)
16.  Reid Brignac (SS—TB)
17.  Ike Davis (P—NYM)
18.  Gaby Sanchez (1B—FLA)
19.  Jon Niese (P—NYM)
20.  Jhoyls Chacin (P—COL)
21.  Jake Arrieta (P—BAL)
22.  Chris Heisey (OF—CIN)
23.  Drew Storen (P—WAS)
24.  Jennry Mejia (P—NYM)
25.  Brennan Boesch (OF—DET)
26.  Brad Lincoln (P—PIT)
27.  Andrew Cashner (P—CHI)
28.  John Axford (P—MIL)
29.  Dayan Viciedo (3B—CWS)
30.  Jose Tabata (OF—PIT)
31.  Jonathan Lucroy (C—MIL)
32.  Craig Kimbrel (P—ATL)
33.  Eric Young, Jr. (OF—COL)
34.  Wilson Ramos (C—MIN)
35.  Neil Walker (2B—PIT)
36.  Ian Desmond (SS—WAS)
37.  Ruben Tejada (SS—NYM)
38.  Dan Runzler (P—SF)
39.  Michael Saunders (OF—SEA)
40.  Lou Marson (C—CLE)
41.  David Freese (3B—STL)
42.  John Jaso (C—TB)
43.  Danny Valencia (3B—MIN)
44.  Luis Atilano (P—WAS)
45.  Alex Avila (C—DET)
46.  Kila Ka’aihue (1B—KC)
47.  Scott Sizemore (2B—DET)
48.  Mat Gamel (3B—MIL)
49.  Jason Donald (INF—CLE)
50.  Daniel Schlereth (P—DET)