We’re still early in the 2017 baseball season, but a lot of eyes are are already on this year’s rookie class. Fans are curious to see who will be the future franchise players of their team. While many rookies are already up in the bigs, others are still waiting for their time to shine. Here’s a look at some of the best rookie performances so far this season.
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Red Sox:
Benintendi has been solid so far for Boston. Thru twelve games, he has a .277 average, 7 RBI’s, 1 home run, and 3 doubles. Between both the majors and minors, his .277 avg. is the lowest he’s ever batted and it’s still early. Look for him to hang around the .300 mark later in the season.
Manny Pina, C, Brewers:
Pina is hitting the ball very well from a position that has lacked good hitters at times. He’s only played in eight of their Brewer’s thirteen games, but he’s batting .462 with 6 RBI’s and has a 1.135 OPS. His numbers should drastically come down, but look for a solid season if he keeps making contact the way he is early on.
Matt Davidson, 3B, White Sox:
Davidson has been filling in for Todd Frazier who’s been out with the flu, but the White Sox needs to find an everyday spot for him. In just nine games, the Chicago rookie has hit 3 home runs, 10 RBI’s, and has a .370 average. Plate discipline could be his nemesis throughout the season as he already has 13 strikeouts, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria needs to find a way to get him into more games. Especially with the hot streak he’s been on.
Mitch Haniger, OF, Mariners:
Haniger seems to be doing the best out of all the rookies that are everyday starters so far. He has played every game for Seattle and looks to be a consistent starter. He needs to cut back on the strikeouts already having sixteen of them, but he’s still hitting .294 with 4 home runs and 11 RBI’s. If his numbers stay consistent, you may be hearing Haniger’s name called for Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres:
Renfroe has shown some power early on hitting 3 home runs in 13 games for San Diego. He’s only batting .255 so far, but expect that number to climb around twenty points. Starting everyday will help his chance for a solid rookie season and look for him to be a player to watch.
Manuel Margot, OF, Padres:
So far this season, the Padres like what they see from their young outfielders. Margot should have fans getting excited for the future. So far this season, he’s hit 3 home runs and his .269 average is showing he is adapting well to major league pitching. He has above average speed so expect Padres manager Andy Green to give him the green light more often.
Trey Mancini, 1B, Orioles:
Mancini has only played in seven games this season, but he’s been on fire when he gets his chances. In those seven games, he’s hit 4 home runs and 9 RBI’s. On Sunday, he went 3-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s in an 11-4 win over the Bluejays. Mancini is also only the third player since 1913 to homer seven times in his first twelve career starts with three of those coming late last season. He joins Trevor Story (2016) and Dino Restelli (1949) in accomplishing that feat.
Antonio Senzatela, SP, Rockies:
Senzatela has shown some flashes of greatness in his first three starts. He is 2-0 for the season and in nineteen innings pitched, has a 2.37 era, 14 strikeouts, and a 0.95 whip. Don’t look for him to rack up the strikeouts, but he should be capable of keeping his era and whip down which will lead to more quality starts this season.
Amir Garrett, SP, Reds:
Garrett has been the one consistent bright spot for Cincinnati early this season. In two starts, he’s went 2-0 with 9 strikeouts, 1.42 era, and 0.71 whip. Watch for his strikeouts to gradually increase. He averages 8 K/9 for his career. The Reds still have some starting pitcher woes, but Garrett is off to a hot start. He’ll make his next start in Wednesday so watch him close.