Baseball All-Rookies Roster part 1

Because this is the type of stuff I think about when I’m bored, I made a 25 man MLB roster, using only rookie eligible prospects that have already been called up.  That means as much as I wanted Billy Hamilton to be my leadoff hitter, he doesn’t fit the specifications.  Basically I look at this as a type of All-Rookie team for the season, but built into an actual roster.  I took into consideration how they have been playing as well as how they performed in the minors.  Let me know what you think, who you would kick off or who you think I left out.

 

Pitching Staff

 

  1. Shelby Miller
  2. Gerrit Cole
  3. Zach Wheeler
  4. Julio Teheran
  5. Hyun-Jin Ryu
  6. Trevor Bauer

With so many young arms, I think it makes the most sense to go with a 6 man rotation, one that could be very dominant though.  Miller already has 15 starts this year, with an 8-5 record, 101 Ks over 92.0 innings and a 2.35 ERA and has been absolutely brilliant so far.  While Wheeler and Cole have only started a combined 4 total games, they are 4-0 with a 0.00 and 3.44 ERA respectively (Wheeler is starting his second game as I type this), and both could challenge Miller to be considered the ‘Ace’ on this roster.  Ryu, our only lefty, has quietly been very good this season with a 6-3 record, 2.85 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 98 innings (15 starts).  Julio Teheran is getting better as the season goes, the talent and ability are finally starting to click for him to the tune of a 3.34 ERA, 71 strikeouts and only 16 walks over 89.1 innings.  Former 3rd overall pick Trevor Bauer beats out the arms of Michael Wacha, Tyler Skaggs, Wily Peralta and Jose Fernandez to round out my 6 man rotation and could be very good as well if he can get over some control issues this year (15 walks in 16.1 innings in the bigs and 36 more in 65 innings in AAA)

Bullpen:

  1. Tony Cingrani
  2. Justin Wilson
  3. Cody Allen
  4. Trevor Rosenthal – Setup
  5. Jim Henderson – Closer

 

The bullpen starts with strong arm lefty Tony Cingrani, who could easily fill in as a starter if needed.  After starting 7 games with a 3-0 record for other injured starters, the Reds moved Cingrani to the pen where he has struck out nearly everyone he has faced (2.1 innings, 6 K’s, 1 hit, 1 walk).  For the season he has an ERA of 2.98 and 52 K’s over only 42.1 innings.  Justin Wilson and Cody Allen are the next two relievers for the team.  Wilson is a former minor league starter who has been excellent in the pen as a part of a very strong Pirates staff this year.  Wilson has pitched 43.1 innings over 28 appearances with a 2.08 ERA, 5-1 record, 6 holds and 38 Ks to 25 hits and 19 walks.  Allen meanwhile has always been a reliever (1.74 ERA in the minors) and brings another strong left arm to the pen.  Over 31 appearances, Allen has throw 32.0 innings with a beautiful 1.97 ERA and WHIP of only 1.03 to go with 40 strikeouts.  The setup man, Trevor Rosenthal, already has 17 holds this season in 36 appearances (38.0 innings) with a 1.89 ERA and a whopping 54 strikeouts to only 8 walks.  The pitching staff ends with Jim Henderson, a 30 year old rookie closer who spent 10 years in the minor leagues, piling up 61 saves in 72 opportunities.  Finally given the chance this year he came out of the gate with a 2.03 ERA and converted 10 of his first 12 save chances with 30 strikeouts in 27 appearances.

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