Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Swish has been kind enough to review our Rookies from time to time. Here is his first installment of "THE SWISH LIST"

Here is the AL/NL Rookie Preview: Season 17 Rookie Review From Jerome Walton to Bob Hamlin to Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki it’s always fun to see how rookies fare in their first season.While initial success doesn’t always mean sustained excellence I figured it would be interesting to look at a few of the top rookies in each league a few times each season.

AL Hitters

Ollie Greenwood
Black Sox
Age: 24B/T: L/L
Born: Pauls Valley, OK
Position(s): CF/1B/OF/DH
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(CH2) – A former #1 pick in Season 15, Greenwood continues his annihilation of pitchers in his rookie season. With a lean line of .362/.432/1.117 he’s not leaving much fat on the bone for the pitchers in the AL to work with.

Carlton Sheets
Prairie Dogs
Age: 23B/T: L/R
Born: Senath, MO
Position(s): SS/3B/2B/OF
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(FAR) – Sheets kept his rookie designation this season even though he saw 32 games of action in the big leagues in Season 16 and he’s taking advantage of it.His 10 doubles lead all AL rookies and coupled with his 10 home runs he’s become a force to be reckoned with at the plate.He’s been no slouch in the field either with two plus plays in left field.

Michael Henry
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Largo, MD
Position(s): C/1B/DH
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(HAR) – Henry is the oldest of the field at 27 but he’s shown that he speaks softly and carries a mean hitting stick.After bashing his way through the minors Henry has continued to show an ability to intentionally cause harm to pitchers in the AL this season with a sterling .356/.431/1.142 line in limited action. His BB/K ratio of 11/10 shows that his hitting maturity matches his elevated age.

AL Pitchers

Benji Martin
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Colmesneil, TX
Position(s): P (SuB)
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(ARI) – After winning the AAA FOY Award last season, Martin was handed the closing job for Arizona this season and has handled it well with 8 saves.A 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and .239 OVA shows that Martin is faring well for a rookie closer this season.

Harry Johnson
San Diego
Age: 23B/T: R/R
Born: Ceiba Del Agua, CU
Position(s): P (P)
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(SD) – Johnson only has 3 saves on the season in his role as a set-up man but he’s been an invaluable Rule V draftee for San Diego.While his walks are high (12 in 26.2 IP) his OAV is a measly .144 helping to keep his WHIP at 0.94 and his ERA at 1.69

Sean Beckett
Age: 22B/T: S/L
Born: Midland, MI
Position(s): P (SP2)
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(CHA) – While Beckett only has one victory on the season his low walk rate (5 bb in 33.1 IP) indicates that he’s not doing himself any harm on the mound. He has a very solid 1.23 WHIP to go with a 4.59 ERA this season.

NL Hitters 

Kyle Romero
Age: 22B/T: R/R
Born: Buhler, KS
Position(s): SS
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(WIC) – A Rule V draftee somehow left off of the Montreal big league roster,Romero is probably in the lead for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He just had a 27 game hitting streak come to an end but he leads the AL in Slugging (.734) and AL rookies in RBI’s (38). He’s definitely going to be a force for years to come.

Peter Okajima
Age: 23B/T: L/L
Born: Kabul, AF
Position(s): 1B/DH
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(VC) – If not for Romero, everyone would be talking about Okajima this season.Coming off one of the greatest minor league seasons that I’ve seen (75 HR, 202 RBI, .360/.469/1.305) Okajima is continuing his assault on pitchers. With a cool 28/15 bb/k ratio, Okajima is an on-base machine (.469 ob%) but if you dare pitch to him he’s going to cause quite a bit of physical and probably mental anguish as he has 15 home runs and 36 RBI’s. In any other season Okajima would easily win the NL ROY Award and be a top candidate for the NL MVP.This season he’s in for a dogfight to pick up any hardware at all.

Bruce Peterson
Tampa Bay
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Manchester, NJ
Position(s): RF/1B/DH
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(TB) – A worthy ROY candidate himself, Peterson is having a very good season (.297/.372/.848) but is overshadowed by Romero and Okajima.

NL Pitchers

Sonny McIntosh
Age: 26B/T: S/R
Born: Del Valle, TX
Position(s): P (SP4)
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(VC) – McIntosh probably leads a weak group of rookie starting pitchers in the NL this season. His 2.91 ERA and .227 OAV have allowed him to put up very good numbers at the backend of the rotation for Vancouver this season.

Hades Morgan
Age: 26B/T: L/L
Born: Washington, DC
Position(s): P (SP3)
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(ATL) – Morgan is kind of doing his thing with a little smoke and a lot of mirrors this season as he’s not striking out a lot of hitters (19k’s in 42.2IP) but he’s had great results so far for Atlanta with a 4-2 record.

Brent Paramore
Age: 24B/T: R/R
Born: Bedford, VA
Position(s): P (SP3)
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(WIC) – Although Paramore has a high ERA (5.21), his WHIP (1.35) and OAV (.242) indicate a pitcher that is going to win some games for Wichita this season.

Thanks Swish for the great Rookie writeup. I'm already looking forward to next "SWISH LIST"

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