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MLB Prospects Poll: Who Was Baseball's Top Rookie in March/April?

Lance Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.98 xFIP while filling in for Chris Carpenter
Lance Lynn is 4-0 with a 2.98 xFIP while filling in for Chris CarpenterJonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Mike RosenbaumMLB Prospects Lead WriterApril 30, 2012

The rookie landscape took on a much different look this weekend, as two of baseball’s top prospects—Bryce Harper and Mike Trout—were recalled from the minor leagues and inserted into their respective team’s outfield.

While it’s obviously too early to rule on how they've performed (or their seasonal outlook for that matter), there are a host of other rookies who have performed well in the first month of a season.

So, before Major League Baseball announces their rookies of the month for March/April, I thought I’d poll the Prospect Pipeline readers about which player has been the most impressive thus far.

After carefully analyzing all of the options throughout baseball, I have narrowed it down to the following 10 players:


Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

85 AB, .271/.333/.435, 13 R, 10 XBH, 17 K/7 BB; 113 wRC+, 0.7 fWAR


Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

4 GS, 25 IP, 4.68 ERA, 5.21 xFIP, 17 K/14 BB, -0.1 fWAR


Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, New York Mets

76 AB, .316/.381/.474, 7 XBH, 24 K/7 BB; 145 wRC+, 1.0 fWAR


Drew Smyly, LHP, Detroit Tigers

4 GS, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, 3.58 xFIP, 22 K/8 BB, 0.3 fWAR


Addison Reed, RHP, Chicago White Sox

10 G, 8.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.68 xFIP, 11 K/3 BB, 0.3 fWAR


Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics

79 AB, .253/.341/.494, 9 XBH, 19 RBI, 4 SB, 23 K/8 BB; 133 wRC+, 0.5 fWAR


Jesus Montero, C/DH, Seattle Mariners

76 AB, .263/.275/.395, 4 XBH, 12 RBI, 16 K/2 BB; 79 wRC+, -0.2 fWAR


Yu Darvish, RHP, Texas Rangers

4 GS, 3-0, 26 IP, 2.42 ERA, 4.05 xFIP, 24 K/15 BB, 0.7 fWAR


Lance Lynn, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

4 GS, 27 IP, 1.33 ERA, 2.98 xFIP, 24 K/6 BB 0.4 fWAR


Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati Reds

36 AB, .300/.389/.433, 2 XBH, 3 K/5 BB; 106 wRC+, 0.0 fWAR

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