Best Rookies In The First Half Of The 2019 MLB Season
Amid the 2019 Major League Baseball season, a new crop of rookies is making its mark. Several came to the majors with an established reputation. Others came out of the proverbial left field to compete for the Rookie of the Year award. These power hitters and up-and-coming pitchers stand out, despite some playing for struggling teams.
The season isn’t over yet, but these top MLB rookies in 2019, listed by Nitrogen Sports Blog, have performed so well and turned heads with their play on the field.
Pete Alonso (New York Mets)
This season’s breakout, Pete Alonso proved his hitting power extended into the majors. Shattering the previous Mets’ rookie home run record, Alonso’s consistency is amazing. Alonso has 28 home runs through 84 games. No wonder he’s one of the top MLB rookies in 2019. Furthermore, he became the first MLB player since 1900 to hit 11 extra-base hits in his first 10 career games.
Alonso does not just hit for power, as he’s also flashing a .278 batting average and a .372 OBP. Alonso will likely be a force in baseball or years to come.
Alonso has already broken Darry Strawberry’s record for most home runs in a season by a Mets rookie. He’s now setting his sights on breaking another MLB record, as he’s on pace to catch Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley atop the all-time franchise list. Beltran and Hundley each smacked 41 homers in 2006 and 1996, respectively.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays)
The long-anticipated debut of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. this 2019 MLB season. The son of Hall-of-Fame hitter Vladimir Guerrero Sr., Junior seems every bit the star player as his dad. Dubbed ‘Vladito’, Guerrero Jr.’s season numbers are well within the respectable range.
His first home run came against the San Francisco Giants. His second came only innings later in the same game. Guerrero Jr. is understandably having some rough moments in his first year in the majors, but the ceiling is very high for the second-generation MLB hitter, who has eight home runs in 55 games to go with a .252 batting average.
Eloy Jimenez (Chicago White Sox)
Despite a rocky start, Eloy Jimenez’s performance is ramping up as the season progresses and is now clearly among the top MLB rookies in 2019. A former Chicago Cubs prospect, Jimenez made his major-league debut this season with the White Sox.
Unfortunately, soon after his debut, he suffered an ankle sprain. After weeks of missed games, Jimenez is now back and making waves. He’s batting a pedestrian .246 this season, but he hit .284 in June. Jimenez has a prodigious power, which makes him particularly exciting to watch.
Chris Paddack (San Diego Padres)
Rookie pitcher Chris Paddack’s first season has been intense. So intense, in fact, that his team relegated him to the minor leagues to briefly curb his workload. His 3.18 ERA average matches up with a high strike/walk ratio of over 5:1. Some suspect that the drop back to minors would deny Paddack his service time.
But his quick return to the majors ensured that this was not the case. Paddack overcame ‘Tommy John’ surgery only a few years ago before becoming part of the top MLB rookies in 2019. Now, he’s one of the best young hurlers in baseball.
John Means (Baltimore Orioles)
John Means just keeps on doing his thing amidst the ugly season the Orioles are having. Means is boasting of a 7-4 record and a 2.67 ERA across 13 starts. The Orioles promoted Means to a starting position after a solid debut. Since then, he’s more than earned his starting spot.
Perhaps nothing speaks more about how good Means has been this season than his official inclusion in the All-Star Game.
The MLB never runs out of rising stars, and this year is no different, with a slew of youngsters showing that the future of baseball is bright. The top MLB rookies in 2019 will finish the season with high expectations, but it’s better that we all just enjoy the electrifying things they are doing this early in their professional careers.
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