2010 NL Rookie of the year Preseason Prediction
The 2010 Major league Baseball is here and one of the more exciting things to watch is the young players that are coming up through systems. The sports bettor will always have an eye on the players that have a shot to lay and make a difference right away. If they find a gem it could equal money in their pocket as the future wagering has decent odds on selecting the player that will be named NL Rookie of the Year. Here are the leading candidates for the award in 2010.
Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves)
Jason Heyward is one of the best all-around hitting prospects in years, drawing comparisons to Darryl Strawberry. The two biggest differences are positive: Heyward doesn't carry the psychological baggage of Straw and has shown up to spring training with vastly increased muscle mass. He started off with a bang hitting a homer on opening day and has not slowed down. This kid is for real.
Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)
Described as a "once in a generation" pitching prospect, Stephen Strasburg has the ability to throw as high as 103 mph. He possesses a power breaking ball that many consider a curve and a vicious slider that have been nearly unhittable. Strasburg displayed an effective change-up in the AFL that had not been seen much in college. With a huge payday to sign with the Nationals he won’t stay in the minors long. When he does come up he will automatically be in the running for the award.
Aroldis Chapman (Cincinati Reds)
The Reds signed Chapman to a contract and got a steal in what will be an excellent prospect. Aroldis Chapman is considered to be a "left-handed Strasburg" by many observers. His pitches have registered as high as 102 mph in games. Chapman struggled in the WBC, posting only a 5.68 ERA in 6.1 innings. He often complained about the umpire's small strike zone and looked to be frustrated easily. His success will depend on how quickly he can learn the game and to control his ability and his emotion. Peter Gammons claimed that he was one of the best.
This is just the start of the list of players that can win the National league Rookie of the Year Award. The NL has a very deep and talented young group that includes players in different positions filling different roles. Hype and the media can also drive the selection of this award. The bettor would be start to follow a player early and look for one that has plenty of major league games under their belt and are helping their team win. This will be a tight race in the National league for the best young player in baseball.