MLB Notes, July 1st – Rookies Edition

In case you’ve been living under a rock – or perhaps just sleeping in late today – you may not have noticed it is now JULY!

Either way, I envy you. 

Aside from July being, like, the best month ever, it also means the mid-summer classic is roughly just a week away. This year’s All-Star game is being held in Queens at Citi Field – home of the Metropolitans. Oh, and it had better feature Yasiel Puig, if not merely for the fact the game would draw more national attention.


  • The Cardinals’ Shelby Miller leads all rookie pitchers with 8 wins this season. I don’t normally harp on a statistic like Pitcher Wins, but it is reflective of Miller’s successes this season. He boasts an ERA under 3 (2.79) and K/9 of 9.7
  • The Padres’ Jedd Gyorko leads all rookie hitters this season with 66 hits. While his K% is high (21.2%), he does have a fairly sustainable BABIP at 3.37
  • The Braves’ Evan Gattis leads all MLB rookies with 14 home runs this season – almost double the total of any other leader on the list. (Gyorko – 8)
  • The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is third among rookies with 7 home runs, but has played in less than half of the games – 26 compared to 53 – that Gattis has.
  • Rangers’ rookie Leonys Martin has the most steals -16 – among first year players. He also has the 10th highest slugging percentage at .452
  • Good Eye: Angels’ rookie J.B. Shuck has been selective at the plate, boasting the best K% at a mere 7.7%, and has a .288 batting average
  • Through 145 plate apperances, Red Sox’ rookie Jose Iglesias holds a .409 batting average.

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