February 11, 2013 by Matt Musico
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In 2012, rookie MLB players made as big of an impact as ever in recent memory. Headlined by AL MVP candidate Mike Trout and much-hyped prospect Bryce Harper, a number of teams relied on rookies to get the job done last season. The question is, can 2013 live up to those standards?
While it would be extremely rare and unfair to predict any player can become a MVP candidate in year one, a number of players can and should have impacts for their big league club. Here’s a look at three of the best.
The shortstop for the Rangers seems to be the most likely candidate to emerge as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, partly due to opportunity but mostly due to talent. Some have him ranked as the best prospect in the minor leagues, and he is going to get a solid opportunity to start every single day for Texas, making him a solid pick in fantasy baseball drafts.. He shined in his short stint at the MLB level in 2012, and that should continue as he has a solid all-around game with plenty of discipline.
Baltimore fans thought they were still a couple of seasons away from legitimately contending in the American League East, but 2012 proved that theory wrong. Now, the Orioles are trying to be a bit cautious as they bring up top right-hander Dylan Bundy.
Last season in the minors was basically a refinement opportunity for the talented starter. Most see him as a front-line guy when he reaches his peak, so rushing him would be silly. He probably won’t start in the majors, but at some point he’ll get the call.
Opportunity will come knocking for Wil Myers this season, as his trade to the Tampa Bay Rays will allow him to finally nail down an every day job. Many thought the Rays stole him from the Royals when they dealt James Shields and Wade Davis in the offseason, but Myers still has to prove that his remarkable 2012 minor league season can translate at the MLB level.
Tampa Bay, just like they’ve done with other top prospects, will most likely hold off on bringing him up until they can buy another year of arbitration. That does not mean he won’t get a shot at making the biggest impact in 2013.
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