As the 2011 MLB season draws near, here is a closer look at the top 10 rookies that could make an impact for your fantasy teams. All of these rookies will put up respectable numbers, dont expect godly numbers because remember these are just rookies.
The players are numbered 1 through 10 based on consistency throughout their first major league season.
1) Dustin Ackley, 2B Mariners
The MVP of the Arizona Fall League is expected to make his Major League debut in 2011. The Mariners will be tempted to keep him in the minors for service time consideration, but his bat will likely look too good in spring training to hold him down in the minors. The Mariners cannot hold him down for too long because he’ll be a high upside bat at a talent-scarce position.
Ackley didn’t put up the numbers in his first full minor league season that are expected of a high first round pick. Across two levels last year Ackley hit .267 AVG, seven home runs, 51 RBI, 79 runs and 10 stolen bases in 134 games. Ackley redeemed himself big time in the Arizona Fall League as he slugged a .424 batting average, four home runs, 19 RBI, 28 runs and five stolen bases in 20 games.
We could be seeing the future at second base right in front of us this spring. I am projecting the rookie to hit anywhere from .290 to .300 AVG, 10 to 12 home runs, 65 to 70 RBI, 80 to 85 runs and 20 stolen bases. Don’t expect elite numbers from the rookie second baseman, but a border line top 12 season at second base is possible…