Ranking the Top 5 Rookies In the 2013 MLB World Series
Rookies In the 2013 World Series
Throughout the 2013 MLB season, the landscape of baseball continued an ever evolving shift away from the days of the steroid era and into a new and exciting age of the game. This new era of play has been hugely impacted by a plethora of young bodies into the game, who have both pushed out the elder statesmen of the game and provided fresh faces for fans. Doing this has had quite a positive impact for the image of baseball, as gone are the days of a needle being associated with a baseball and the negative imagery that was brought along with it.
During the 2013 season guys such as Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez, Jose Iglesias and Yasiel Puig were among the many rookies that came up and served as All-Star caliber players. Each of these players embodied the new age of fast, exciting and steroid free baseball, in turn helping to guide the league away from the age of Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and the like. More importantly than this, though, was that they were great players and look likely to be stalwarts within the league for the foreseeable future.
Heading into the postseason this influx of talented youngsters only further reared its head, as arguably the best pitcher in all of October has been rookie Michael Wacha. Wacha has not been alone, though, as other rookies that have had a huge impact on postseason baseball have been Hyun Jin-Ryu, Sonny Gray, Gerrit Cole, and Puig, amongst others.
When the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox this Wednesday at Fenway Park to open the 2013 World Series there is little doubting that rookies will again have a huge impact on the play. We have taken this into account with a formation of a list of the five best rookies competing in this year's 2013 World Series.
5. Matt Adams
During the 2013 MLB season Matt Adams firmly established himself as the St. Louis Cardinals starting first baseman and a solid one at that. In 108 games Adams put up a statistical line of .284/.335/.503 with 14 doubles, 17 home runs and 51 RBI, showing that he knows how to mash the ball. This ability to hit has translated into playoff baseball, as in 11 games Adams has put up a statistical line of .268/.333/.390 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI. Expect this hitting ability to translate into play in the World Series, as Adams continues to show the fearlessness which has helped the Cardinals get into this position.
4. Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller was arguably the St. Louis Cardinals' best starting pitcher during the regular season, compiling a 15-9 record with a 3.06 ERA in 173.1 innings pitched. This success has not translated itself into postseason baseball, though, as Miller has only thrown one inning over the Cardinals' 11 games. Still, do not be surprised if Miller brings his power fastball and looping curveball out of the bullpen to have an impact on the outcome of the World Series.
3. Xander Bogaerts
After getting called up in late August and only receiving 50 at-bats there was legitimate doubt as to whether Xander Bogaerts would make the Boston Red Sox' postseason roster. Ultimately Bogaerts did earn his way onto the roster, and since then has had a huge impact on the Red Sox's fortunes as they advanced to the World Series. In six games Bogaerts has put up an astounding statistical line of .500/.727/1.000 with two doubles, five walks and seven runs. During this run of excellence Bogaerts has shown a powerful bat, equipped with the ability to hit the ball to all fields with power. Expect Bogaerts to be an impact bat for the Red Sox both in the World Series and for the foreseeable future.
2. Trevor Rosenthal
During the 2013 regular season Trevor Rosenthal served as the St. Louis Cardinals set-up man to Edward Mujica, picking up 108 strikeouts, a 1.10 WHIP, 2.63 ERA, three saves, and 29 holds in 74 games. This impressive output made it easy for Rosenthal to slot into the closer role in late September when Mujica struggled heavily and at times simply looked lost on the mound. Rosenthal took this role with ease, and during the postseason he has picked up three saves in seven games while not allowing a single run. This run has been staggeringly impressive and makes it hard to envision Rosenthal not dominating the Red Sox during the 2013 World Series.
1. Michael Wacha
The 2013 MLB playoffs have served as a coming out party for 21 year old Michael Wacha, as he has compiled a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings pitched over three starts. This great contribution earned Wacha the 2013 NLCS MVP Award and established him a reputation as one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Standing 6-foot-6, 210 pounds Wacha has the type of frame and power arm which translates well both to playoff success and foreshadows a successful career for the long haul. Expect Wacha to build off his 2013 playoff output and have a huge impact on the 2013 World Series.
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