Sunday, November 3, 2013

Who Will Be Named to Topps 2013 All-Star Rookie Team?

The contest deadline has past and I am no longer taking any entries for the big All-Star Rookie Team contest. I thank everyone who took time to participate.  There were a lot of interesting choices amongst the field of participants, so I am wishing myself the best. This could get mighty expensive if I make enough mistakes.

The Topps Company has already sent the 30 MLB managers a ballot that will determine who will get voted into the 2013 Topps All-Star Rookie Team, and will get that lovely gold trophy added to their 2014 Topps baseball cards. So without further ado, here are my picks for the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie team. If you out-guessed me, participants who have already sent their entries to my e-mail address (and those who inadvertently left their picks in the comments) could win a complete 150-card set of 2005 Topps Rookie Cup (contest rules here):
  • 1B: Matt Adams, STL (108 G, .284, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 0.839 OPS, 0 SB)
  • 2B: Jedd Gyorko, SD (125 G, .249, 23 HR, 63 RBI, 0.745 OPS, 1 SB)
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado, COL (133 G, .267, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 0.706 OPS, 2 SB)
  • SS: Jose Iglesias, DET (109 G, .303, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 0.735 OPS, 5 SB)
  • OF: Wil Myers, TB (88 G, .293, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 0.831 OPS, 5 SB)
  • OF: Yasiel Puig, LAD (104 G, .319, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 0.925 OPS, 11 SB)
  • OF: Darin Ruf, PHI (73 G, .247, 14 HR, 30 RBI, 0.806 OPS, 0 SB)
  • C: Evan Gattis, ATL (105 G, .243, 21 HR, 65 RBI, 0.771 OPS, 0 SB)
  • RHSP: Jose Fernandez, MIA (28 GS, 12-6, 2.19 ERA, 187 SO, 0.978 WHIP)
  • LHSP: Hyun-jin Ryu, LAD (30 GS, 14-8, 3 ERA, 154 SO, 1.203 WHIP)
  • RHRP: Jim Henderson, MIL (61 G, 5-5, 2.7 ERA, 75 SO, 1.133 WHIP, 28 SV)
  • LHRP: Paco Rodriguez, LAD (76 G, 3-4, 2.32 ERA, 63 SO, 0.901 WHIP, 2 SV)
For sure there will be players like Didi Gregorius of the Diamondbacks, Conor Gillaspie of the White Sox, Brandon Barnes of the Astros, and A. J. Pollock of the Diamondbacks warrant consideration, as well as Julio Teheran of the Braves, Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals, and others will have their votes (from either the MLB managers, or you the readers). I made these picks before any e-mails were sent (scheduling it for today soon after the post announcing the contest), and it looks like almost everybody picked the same three outfielders for the ASRT.

Let the debates begin!!!  And good luck to everybody.  Now...we wait.


JayBee Anama

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