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Rookie Standouts in 2010

Rookie Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers is second in the majors in batting with a .367 average and also leads all rookies in stolen bases with five.

Two rookies are second in batting in the AL and NL after yesterday’s games.

Austin Jackson 23, of the Tigers  is hitting .367 and is second in the AL in batting behind major league leading Robinson Cano who is hitting .387. Jackson was 5-5 in Friday’s game against the Angels and is 9-15 in his last three games and is hitting .455 in his last ten games.

David Freese 27, of the Cardinals is second in the NL with a .355 average and ten points behind NL leading Andre Ethier who is hitting .365. Freese is hitting .400 in his last ten games and has hit all three of his 2010 home runs in his last four games.

Jason Heyward 20, of the Braves is the best rookie power hitter with seven home runs which leads all rookies and is second in home runs in the NL and fourth in RBI’s with 23 which is 4th in the NL behind Andre Ethier with 26, Jorge Cantu with 25 and Albert Pujols with 24.

David Freese and Tyler Colvin are second among major league rookies in home runs with three each.

Heyward is hitting .272, has an OBP of .388 and is slugging .580 which is amazing for a 20 year old player. His batting average has fluctuated a lot so far but he is showing he can make the necessary adjustments to avoid a long slump.

The major league leader for rookies in hits is Austin Jackson with 40 hits and ESPN projects him to have 258 hits at the end of the season. Even though it is unlikely he will garner that many hits it is possible he could be one of the few rookies to post 200 hits in a rookie season. He also leads all rookies with five stolen bases.

Mitch Talbot 26, of the Indians is tied with Wade Davis 24, of the Rays for most wins with three wins each among all rookie pitchers.

Brian Matusz, 23 of the Orioles leads rookie pitchers in strikeouts with 29 in 30 innings.

Neftali Perez who was 22 yesterday leads all rookie pitchers in saves with five.

Jamie Garcia, 23 of the Cardinals leads all rookies with a 1.04 ERA which is the third best ERA in the majors behind only Ubaldo Jiminez at 0.87 and Livan Hernandez with a 0.87 mark.

Garcia has allowed only three runs in 26 innings and has limited opposing hitters to a .176 mark and a 0.96 WHIP.

As of today Garcia, Heyward and Freese are the early contenders for the NL Rookie of the Year award since they standout among all NL rookies.

Austin Jackson has to be the current favorite for the AL Rookie of the Year award with Wade Davis and Mitch Talbot the most likely AL pitchers to contend for the award.


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