5 MLB Rookies to Watch in 2016

After the 2015 rookie class was heralded as one of the best ever and didn’t disappoint, lets take a look at some of the top rookies heading into the 2016 season.

 

5. Willson Contreras (C, Chicago Cubs)

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Contreras broke out in 2015, leading the Southern League in batting (.333) and extra-base hits (46). The converted third baseman has looked comfortable behind the plate and will have the opportunity to learn from David Ross.

 

4. Byron Buxton (OF, Minnesota Twins)

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The 2013 Minor League Player of the Year has overcome some injuries and heads into his rookie season healthy and extremely raw. He could emerge as an important bat for the Twins, and shouldn’t have to take time to adjust to Major League pitching.

 

3. Trea Turner (SS, Nationals)

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It didn’t take long for the 2014 first round pick to reach the majors. The young short stop has lightening speed and hit .33/.384/.454 in the minor league.

 

2. Jose Berrios (RHP, Minnesota Twins)

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With two Futures Game starts under his belt, Berrios is more than ready for the big league mound. He should contribute right away on a team that had major pitching troubles in 2015.

 

1. Corey Seager (SS, Los Angeles Dodgers)

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After being a first round pick in 2012, Seager is ready for the bright lights after 1,500 minor league at bats. He has major power potential and a great eye for the ball, leaving behind minor league stats of .307/.368.523