Many of us missed out on Jay Bruce. Most of us are actively looking for the next big thing to come down the pike. So lets look at a few who are good bets to have an impact in 2008.
David Price was the first pick of the 2007 draft. He is a future stud and will fit in nicely as Tampa Bay‘s #2 starter behind Scott Kazmir for the next half dozen years or more. The southpaw out of Vanderbilt will be good as soon as he takes a major league mound, but he is more likely for a 2009 call up.
Rick Porcello is more likely to see the Majors in 2008 and will be just as good as Price. Porcello is the likely replacement if the Detroit Tigers get tired of Kenny Rogers, who has shown a resurgence in his last four starts. The young righty is in High-A right now, but could be on the fast track to Detroit if he keeps progressing.
Colby Rasmus is likely to see time in St. Louis this summer. He is the Cardinals centerfielder of the future and will be good with the wood and leather. Rasmus is the type of player who should be good from the early going, but don’t expect major power numbers.
Jordan Schafer’s 2008 got off to a poor start when he admitted to using HGH. The subsequent 50-game suspension was not what he needed to stake a claim to the centerfield spot in Atlanta. But with injuries hampering the Braves outfield, Schafer could find himself in the Majors soon if he can get his bat in order. He has been compared to Grady Sizemore in his ability.
If you are looking for an impact rookie, you will need to be lucky because they aren’t easy to come by and you’re not the only one on the hunt. Many good rookies are called up to the Majors, but few have an immediate impact and almost none will do what Bruce has done.