I just published my pitching staff for my all rookie team so on to the batters now. Again, I’m sticking to only players that have been called up already and using primarily their current season stats as a barometer, while taking into consideration upside and their stats in the minors.
- LF AJ Pollock
- CF Yasiel Puig
- 2B Jedd Gyorko
- C Evan Gattis
- 3B Anthony Rendon
- RF Wil Myers
- 1B Matt Adams
- SS Didi Gregorius
- DH Jose Iglesias
Alright so here is why. First of all I went with a DH so I guess my team is in the American League. Secondly, I made one assumption, that one of my outfielders can learn to play in left field as both Puig and Myers play primiraly in right and Pollack in center. Pollack has played a few games in left and Puig in center so I’m sure they could make it work. I did not break down defensive stats, I’m just planning to outscore everyone with this lineup and to shut them down with my pitching.
Pollack has hit a bit of a cold streak, but still has a .251 average and 6 stolen bases on the season. He hit for a strong average in the minors and stole 67 bases over 3 years so the speed is there.
Batting 2nd is the potential filled Yasiel Puig who has been a phenom so far in the major leagues.
3rd for me would be Gyorko who hit 55 homeruns and had 214 RBIs in the last 2 year in the minors. With a .284 average and 8 homers this season so far, it looks like it might translate.
4th is fan favorite Evan Gattis, who came from nowhere to hit 14 homers this year already. He hit .308 with 44 HRs over 3 years in the minors though so he should be able to keep it up once he gets back from injury.
Anthony Rendon is hitting .333 in his short time on Nationals roster, and his only problem is staying healthy.
Wil Myers could absolutely move up the lineup as he develops, but 6 is a good place to start for a guy with only 8 starts, and is where he is hitting in real life. After hitting 37 homers last year in the minors he has 2 already this year in only 10 hits (.294 average).
Matt Adams is another power hitter with 82 homers over about 4 years in the minors. He is batting .314 over 39 games this year and already has 4 homers.
Didi Gregorius has a solid .293 average so far this year to go with 4 home runs but has yet to steal a base after grabbing 41 of them in the minors. If the average stays up, he can maintain the power and pick up a few steals, he can stick around in this lineup, otherwise there are guys who will take his place.
Batting last is Jose Iglesias. Only a .257 hitter in the minors, he has a .426 average over 33 games this year. He can fill in at 2nd, 3rd or SS and as long as he is hitting, will find a way into the lineup.
- Jurickson Profar 2B, 3B, SS, OF
- Aaron Hicks CF
- Nick Franklin 2B
- Nate Freiman 1B
- Marcell Ozuna RF/CF
The bench starts with another utility guy in Profar that will be waiting to take at-bats away from Gregorius and Iglesias. Nick Franklin can also fill in the middle infield, its hard to forget about is 23/25 season in the minors a few years ago. Nate Freiman is another power hitting first basemen with 71 homers in the minors and a .270 average and 2 homers this year so far. Aaron Hicks has the potential to take over the centerfield position from Pollock if he can get back on track. Hicks is only hitting .179 this year but has 6 home runs and 4 stolen bases. He stole 32 bases at the AA level last year and 92 over 5 years in the minors so he has some legit speed. The power is newer with a career high 13 home runs at AA last year, but makes him an intriguing prospect. Lastly Marcell Ozuna is a fill in outfielder with a .294 average, 2 homers and 4 stolen bases this year so far. I won’t bother with a depth chart, as this team has a lot of versatility and should be able to adjust to who has the hot hand.
If you are keeping track, that is 14 batters and 11 pitchers. The roster absolutely needs a second catcher, especially since Gattis is hurt in real life, but there weren’t really any options since Travis d’Arnaud is also still hurt and hasn’t made it up yet. Ozuna would be the first to be hypothetically sent down.
Well, that’s it, that’s my All Rookie team. Let me hear it.