MLB 2021 Rookie Report
April 1st, 2021 – Opening Day of the 2021 Major League Baseball Season will be a day of ALL 30 professional teams playing; I repeat ALL 30 teams. Which begs the question, should our respective teams be “Chasing October,” or “Chasing the ROOKIES”? The logical answer is to chase October, but now it seems – if any team wants to chase October, they better already be chasing the rookies!
The past 3 years have brought some of the best rookies we have seen in a long time through the farm system with the likes of Ronald Acuna Jr., Shohei Ohtani, Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., and Bo Bichete just to name a few – I mean these are household names at this point, the face of the MLB in my opinion. Then in 2020 we were graced with the power of Kyle Lewis, the American League ROY and the arm of Devin Williams, the National League ROY. The Rookies are the past, present and future; write it down and do not forget it.
The 2021 Rookie of the Year race will be a bit different this year; with the shortened 2020 MLB season, it gives way to a list of players with “The Show” experience already, having not met the required requisites to graduate from their rookie status. Making a second fly by this year will be Ian Anderson – a could be ACE in some rotations but definitely a starter in a strong Atlanta Braves rotation, Randy Arozarena – a RAW POWER HITTER for the Tampa Bay Rays who showed every bit of it during their World Series run and lets not forget the Miami Marlins RHP, Sixto Sanchez – a hard 3 digits throwing pitcher with an insanely bright future ahead of him. Regardless of having show time, these players still must grind against the up and coming future stars.
The 2021 season will show us the pure talent of players we have been excited to see play for quite some time now. Top Prospect Wander Franco is more than likely the overall favorite on everyone’s list – a Shortstop playing for the Miami Marlins Organization who has mind blowing potential and possibly an All-Star game appearance as a rookie, time will tell us very soon. Seattle seems to breed top notch outfielders, no need to remind everyone of Ken Griffey Jr., and with two top prospects - not a single thing has changed; at only 20 and 21 years old, Julio Rodriguez and Jared Kelenic both have big power potential and need to be on your watch list. However, the one player that needs to be on every single watch list in the country, LHP for the San Diego Padres, MacKenzie Gore a North Carolina native. He has already shown dominance in high school; the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year and the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, he was also a part of a team winning 3 out of 4 state championships. He committed to East Carolina University, a great choice may I add but I am a biased ECU Alumni, to only be drafted third overall in 2017 by the Padres; I am sure we can all guess how he has been since then – DOMINANT. Of course, the Padres already have a stacked rotation, but it is inevitable we see Gore show up before the season ends.
To the 2021 Rookies, the stage is yours; the world and all of us at Truth Serum Baseball are watching, waiting to be impressed as we all know we will. “The Show” is about to start and we are on the edge of our seats, waiting patiently for the best two words in Spring sports – “PLAY BALL!”
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