Well, since the season is almost over and my Pirates are devolving into a dumpster fire, it seems like the perfect time to start looking back over the season. The NL ROY race isn't tight. It really isn't even close. Bellinger is running away with it, but, overall, the NL Rookie class has been great. That's not to say there haven't been disappointments. Let's get to it.
- Cody Bellinger .270/.352/.598 34 HR 79 RBIs
Cody Bellinger is playing like a superstar instead of a 21 year old rookie. With his power and high end average, he gives the star-studded Dodgers another piece to build around. He's even shown an affinity to stealing bases (nine this season). Bellinger looks to be the NL's answer to Aaron Judge, and, with him being four years younger than his AL counterpart, he looks to be a quicker learner too.
- Kyle Freeland 3.89 ERA 98 Ks 55 BB
Now, Freeland's stats may look pedestrian, but part of that isn't his fault. He's a Colorado Rockie. Having to play in a hitter's ballpark half of his games gives him a pass. For him too even have marginal success as a rookie in Coors Park is impressive, but he hasn't just had marginal success. He's been pretty damn good. He doesn't have to strikeout an insane number of batters to do it. He's tamed Coors with ground balls. He's only allowed 1.07 HR per 9 innings and, in Coors, that's amazing.
- Josh Bell .262/.340/.491 23 HR 78 RBIs
Andrew McCutchen isn't leading the Pirates in RBIs anymore. Josh Bell has taken the throne from him and I don't know if he's going to give it back. Josh Bell has been one of the few bright spots of the Pirates' season. He's addressed the two things that would have stopped him from doing well in the majors: power and defense. Josh Bell has hit 23 home runs so far this season and that's almost double what he hit in triple A the year before. There were also worries about his transition from RF to 1B and how he'd learn the position. It looks like the transition was successful as he's slid in as the starter for the Pirates and hasn't let go since. Overall, he's going to be a big piece of the Pirates lineup and maybe an all-star in the future.
- Paul Dejong .293/.326/.549 20 HR 54 RBIs
Who would have though Paul Dejong would be a lock in the three hole for the Cardinals in 2017. He went from a relatively unknown shortstop to a piece that might be propelling the Cardinals to an unlikely playoff berth. He's fourth in homers for rookies and he's only played a little over half a season. The fact that he's gone from a nobody to a big name in the Cardinals lineup alone gives him a place on this list.
- Tyler Glasnow 7.45 ERA 50 Ks 29 BB
It hurts. It hurts. Tyler Glasnow was going to be a stud this year. He was going to come in and become the ace the Pirates have dreamed of for years. Well, that didn't happen. Glasnow came up and fell in to fans' greatest fear: his control wasn't ready. With almost 5 BBs per 9 and 2 HRs per 9 he showed that he wasn't ready. But, now, Glasnow is back to destroying the minors. Only time will tell whether he can live up to his potential or forever be a four A player.
- Dansby Swanson .230/.313/.332 6 HR 43 RBIs
From the number one prospect in baseball to back in the minor leagues Dansby Swanson's first year in the majors hasn't been pretty. The Braves thought he'd be THE piece. The one that they could build the entire team around. Well, he can still be that, but not this year. This year he was horrible. His average hovered around .200 for four months and then he got sent back down with no one threatening his job. He did it to himself. He has a lot of ground to make up next year.