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Best rookies for future performance, looking back and looking forward

As all but three major league teams have now called it a season, this seems like a reasonable time to gear up to do the annual best rookies for future performance poll that we have done for the past several years. While there have been some pretty easy picks at the top in the past, the separation between the top two and everyone else is probably as big as it has ever been. So, who else do you want on the ballot from the start in addition to Trout and Harper? Moore? Darvish? Machado? Grandal? Cespedes? Someone else?

I thought this might also be a good opportunity to take a look back at last year list for rookies during the 2011 season. Actually, a rather dissapointing year for those at the very top of the list, while there were some really nice break out years for some of the pitchers in the teens. Any comments about how your view of the relative future of the players in this group have changed over the year would be welcome.

1. Brett Lawrie, 3b Toronto Blue Jays (51%)

2, Eric Hosmer, 1b Kansas City Royals (57%)

3. Michael Pineda, P Seattle Mariners (38%)

4. Dustin Ackley, 2b Seattle Mariners (41%)

5. Desmond Jennings, of Tampa Bay Rays (47%)

6. Jeremy Hellickson, P Tampa Bay Rays (49%)

7. Freddie Freeman, 1B Atlanta Braves (45%)

8. Brandon Beachy, P Atlanta Braves (27%)

9. Brandon Belt, OF/!B San Francisco Giants (33%)

10. Mike Moustakas, 3b Kansas City Royals (38%)

11. Domonic Brown, of Philadelphia Phillies (32%) (70% runoff)

12. Jason Kipnis, 2b Cleveland Indians 29%

13. Cory Luebke, P San Diego Padres 19% (59% runoff)

14. Paul Goldschmidt, 1b Arizona Diamondbacks 26%

15. Danny Espinosa, 2b Washington Nationals 36%

16. Craig Kimbrel, P Atlanta Braves, 38%

17. Aroldis Chapman, P Cincinnati Reds 56%

18. Wilson Ramos, C Washington Nationals 38%

19. Chris Sale, P Chicago White Sox 26%

20. Mike Minor, P Atlanta Braves 40%

21. Salvador Perez, C Kansas City Royals 24%

22. Jemile Weeks, 2b Oakland A's 26% (67% runoff)

23. Vance Worley, p Philadelphia Phillies 29%

24. Danny Duffy, p Kansas City Royals 29%

25. Jose Altuve, 2b Houston Astros 25% (of first place votes)

hm Zach Brittton, P Baltimore Orioles

hm Mark Trumbo, 1b Los Angeles Angels

hm Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b Cleveland Indians

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