September’s roster expansions have brought about some really positive changes, but if you haven’t been watching, then you might actually have no idea. Whether you’re ‘in the know’ or not, some amazing rookies are coming to the field in 2017, and they’re sure to make a serious impact in the major leagues this year. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the rookies that you’re going to want to watch this year.
Name: Austin Meadows
You’ve probably seen this guy, even if you don’t remember. We’re going to go ahead and admit it: he had a pretty slow start in 2017 but he really managed to turn it around, and hit his way to Triple-A last year. We’re not entirely sure if he’ll get the call up this year, but he’s definitely on deck. Meadows was recently removed from the 7 day disabled list which he found himself on in 2016 after a right hamstring sprain. Since then, after a rehab assignment, he is back in the action, and was called to Spring training by the Pirates on January 9, 2017. We’ll see how that rehab has worked out for him.
Name: Travis Jankowski/Manuel Margot
The Padres are pretty lucky this year to have two potential center-fielders, Travis Jankowski and Manuel Margot. They will most likely share time during the season, though right now, Padres manager Andy Green states that he has no idea who is going to start where. As far as Jankowski goes, he really has gone the extra mile coming off a season that brought a solid .332 clip.
Name: Trey Mancini
We’ve been waiting for this guy to get called up full-time for a while now, but never seems to happen. He’s been pretty impressive, at least from what we saw last September. Additionally, if you remember, he managed to get on base four times back in May during a game against the Yankees. He went 3-for-3 with a run, a walk, and an RBI (run Batted In).
Name: Ozzie Albies
There’s no doubt that the Brave’s second baseman will be on the team full time soon enough. The only thing that might hold him back is the fractured elbow he suffered in September, which he seems to have overcome. As a matter of fact, if Brandon Phillips doesn’t fit the bill, it could be sooner than we think. Considering his record of 282/.312/.436 for the Gwinnett Braves, combined with two triples, seven doubles, and seven RBI’s (runs batted in), it’s not farfetched.
Name: Tyler Glasnow
No one is going to argue that Glasnow has the ability to start major league, and the only real problem is his throwing arm, which many wonder about. Is it up to par? He had a K rate of 30 at the Triple-A level, and there’s still plenty of time for improvement. A recent 7-2 defeat against the Mets seems to have hurt his resolve a bit, especially considering his superior performance over the course of three innings (the final two saw him thoroughly defeated). For his 10 starts this season, Glasnow has a 6.95 ERA (Earned Run Average), and the pirates can afford a .500 record from their fifth starter spot. This gives Glasnow a bit of breathing room to earn some experience, but only if he continues to improve.
The roster is huge this year, as usual and it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that so many great players are showing up. So, who will take the field and who will be put out to pasture? We think our list is pretty solid, but you know as well as we do, that baseball can be unpredictable. Keep watching to find out – you love surprises as much as we do!