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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Ranking The Top 5 Rookies in the 2014 Season

The Top 5 Rookies in the 2014 Season

Masahiro Tanaka
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The 2014 season has seen its fair share of rookie call ups. There were also a few rookies that began the 2014 season in the majors. Many fantasy owners took a risk with some of these prospects and it has paid off wonderfully for those who own one or two of them. Owners were foaming at the mouth, waiting to see their favorite prospect appear on the waiver wire. Here are the top 5 rookies for the 2014 season.

5. Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton
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5. Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton
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Billy Hamilton saw some playing time during the 2013 season and remained with the team at the start of the 2014 season. He's not a power hitter, but there are plenty of them available. In 51 games this season, he has 22 stolen bases (second to Dee Gordon). Hamilton needs to show more plate discipline, .256 average and .293 on-base percentage. His true value is his speed on the base paths.

4. Yordano Ventura

Yordano Ventura
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4. Yordano Ventura

Yordano Ventura
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Yordano Ventura made three starts in 2013. He finished with a 0-1 record and a 3.52 ERA. So far this season, Ventura is 2-5 with a 3.45 ERA. He gave fantasy owners a little scare with stress overload on his elbow, but is on schedule to start on Thursday. Ventura has the rare ability to throw triple digits and it shows with his 9.3 K/9. Ventura has lost his last four starts, but as a member of the Royals, that tends to happen.

3. George Springer

George Springer
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3. George Springer

George Springer
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George Springer was the first prospect called up in the 2014 season. He made his debut on April 16. He struggled the whole month of April, hitting just .182 in 14 games. Things turned around in May. In 26 games, he has hit 10 home runs with 25 RBI and a .294 average and .385 OBP. Springer has a great chance to win Rookie of the Year and the power numbers will benefit everyone who owns him.

2. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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2. Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu
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Is there anything else to say about Jose Abreu's season so far but wow? He has been on fire in 2014. He began the season with the Chicago White Sox and wasted little time making an impact. He hit his first two home runs on April 8. In 44 games, he hit 15 home runs and 42 RBI. After missing some time with an ankle injury, Abreu hit two home runs and five RBI in his first two games back. He has produced great value based on his ADP.

1. Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka
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1. Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka
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Masahiro Tanaka has pitched much better than fantasy experts have expected from the Japanese import. He has eight wins in 11 starts with a 2.06 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. While the rest of the New York Yankees rotation struggles, Tanaka continues to dominate. In 78.2 innings, Tanaka has 88 strikeouts and just 12 walks. Tanaka has not allowed more than three runs in all of his starts this season. Tanaka is undoubtedly the best rookie in all of baseball.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.