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LOD’s Top MLB Rookie Position Players From The First Half Of The Season

The MLB first half is now behind us as we now look forward to the second half the season that should be filled with anticipation as to who will make it to the postseason. In the meantime, there have been some great games this season, along with some amazing plays and then we have the Rookies, who have stood out and very quickly put their names on the MLB map.

Here are our Top Rookies from the First Half:

Catcher

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Francisco Alvarez, New York Mets

The catching phenom made his MLB debut on September 30, 2022 and after just five games played, he started the 2023 season in Triple A. But it would not be long that he would be called up again, and on April 9th he arrived on the big club for good. He struggled through April with a .194 batting average, along with a home run and two RBIs. On May 9th, he had one of his best days in the short MLB Career as he hit two home runs against the Cincinnati Reds. From May 17th through the 28th, he went on an 8-game hitting streak, scoring seven runs, collecting four multi-hit games, two doubles, five home runs, while driving in 13 runs. June was a slow start, but on June 7 he launched his eighth home run and the very next day, he had his second two homer game of his career. The batting average was not his friend in June as he batted just .151 for the month, but he continued to show that he is a threat at the plate.

As the Mets started July, the team got hot and won six of the eight games before the All Star break. Alvarez was just as hot, as he batted .379 (11 for 29), with seven runs scored, five home runs, and nine RBIs.  The Venezuelan native finished the first half batting .238 (50 for 210), with 30 runs scored, seven doubles, 17 HRs, 35 RBIs, 13 BBs, .295 (OBP), .514 (SLG), and .809 (OPS)

First Base

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Spencer Steer, Cincinnati Reds

Steer made his MLB debut on September 2, 2022 and in 28 games, he batted .211, with two home runs and eight RBIs. On Opening Day 2023, Steer hit his first home run of the season in his first at bat. In April, Steer batted .247, but in May he turned it up a notch and batted .318, with eight doubles, six home runs and 19 RBIs. He enjoyed a nine game hitting streak from May 17th to the 26th, and in that span he enjoyed five multi-hit games and finished the month batting safely in 20 of 27 games he played in. In June, he took a step back in the batting average category as he hit .270 on the month, but still managed to launch five home runs, and drove in 20 runs. In early July, Steer hit safely in four of the first five games of the month, then finished the break hitless in four straight games. In the first half, the Long Beach, CA native batted .277, with 45 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 42 walks, .367 (OBP), .477 (SLG) and .844 (OPS).

Second Base

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Edouard Julien, Minnesota Twins

Julien is probably not the pick of most for having a standout first half of the season, as he only appeared in 43 games, but after his MLB debut on April 12, 2023, the Quebec City, QC, Canada native has shown the skill for putting the bat on the ball and getting on base. In eight games in April, he batted just .222, but he two home runs and had two multi-hit games, with one a three-hit game on April 19th. Julien returned to the minors on April 21st, and on May 20th he was back in the bigs. He had a slighter better month in May with two more hits than in April, two doubles, and matched the previous month with two homers and four RBIs. He got back on the minor league express and returned back to the majors on June 10th, and put together a four game hitting streak while compiling a double in four straight games. He batted .296 for June, and even though he didn’t add a homer, he recorded six doubles in the month. The second baseman stayed with the big club through the first seven games in July leading to the break. In the span, he batted .353 (6 for 17), with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and four RBIs, while hitting safely in four of the seven games. So far on the season, Julien is batting .271, with 19 runs, 10 doubles, seven home runs, 13 RBIs, 16 walks, .349 (OBP), .504 (SLG), and .853 (OPS).

Third Base

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Josh Jung, Texas Rangers

The Rangers rookie made his MLB debut on September 9, 2022 and in 26 games, he batted .204, with nine runs scored, four doubles, a triple, five home runs and 14 RBIs. The San Antonio, TX native started the 2023 season with the big club and after a 0 for 3 on Opening Day, Jung opened up the month of April with a five game hitting streak. Then on April 11th, he started a 10 game hitting streak, which included four multi-hit games in the span.  On April 24th, he recorded his first two homer game of his career. He finished the month batting .278, with 17 runs scored, five doubles, six home runs, and 21 RBIs. The rookie phenom didn’t wait too long to add another two homer game to his career stats, as he launched the duo on May 3rd and added to that feat, by homering in three straight games from May 21-23. The hits would keep coming, as Jung finished the month of May on a 14 game hitting streak, which included seven multi-hit games, while batting .318 for the month. The first two days in June, the rookie went hitless, but then on June 4th, he enjoyed a 3 for 4 day. But Jung finished the month of June with a .233 batting average and launched five home runs with 12 runs driven in. On June 29th, Jung was named as a starter on the AL All Star squad. He enjoyed a comeback month as he batted .324 in July, through nine games, hitting safely in seven of the nine games, while ending the break with a four game hitting streak and another two homer game, this time on July 8th.  On the season, Julien is batting .280 (97 for 347), with 62 runs, 19 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs, 56 RBIs, 24 walks, .331 (OBP), .504 (SLG), and .835 (OPS).

Shortstop

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Ezequiel Tovar, Colorado Rockies

The Maracay, Venezuela native made his MLB debut on September 23, 2022 and in nine games he batted .212, with a double, a homer and two RBIs. Tovar started the 2023 season with the big club after struggling to get going for most of the start of the season, he ended the month of April with a four game hitting streak, while hitting safely in six of his last seven games of the month. On May 2nd, he recorded his first home run of the season, and just his second of his career, while continuing his hot hitting from the previous month. He started may hitting safely in five of his first six games, while recording two multi-hit games in the span, including his second homer of 2023. Just as he ended April hot, Tovar ended May by hitting safely in 10 of his last 12 games, which included a six game hitting streak, and then a day later, started a four game hitting streak. In that span he recorded three multi-hit games. He batted .266 on the month, with nine doubles, three home runs and 14 RBIs. Following into the month of June, Tovar hit safely in 22 of the 24 games he played in, with a 13 game hit streak to end June. He had a better overall month, as he batted .323, with 15 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, five home runs and 17 RBIs. July was not on his side, as he batted just .160 in the month, with a homer and five RBIs. But overall, in the first half, Tovar batted .260 (79 for 304), with 42 runs scored, 20 doubles, nine home runs, 44 RBIs, 13 walks, .296 (OBP, .428 (SLG) and .724 (OPS)

Left Field

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Corbin Carroll, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hands down Carrol is one of the most exciting rookies in all of baseball. The Seattle, WA native made his MLB debut on August 29, 2022 and recorded his first MLB hit on a line drive double to center field. Carrol ended 2022, batting .260, with 13 runs scored,m nine douibles, two triples, four home runs and 14 RBIs. He started the 2023 season with the big club, and on day two, he recorded a 2 for 4 day. In April, he ended the month with a .311 batting average and an eight game hitting streak, while the streak carried over to four straight days to start the month of May. After maintaining his batting average above .277 for the middle part of the month, he added five doubles and five hiem runs to his overall stats in the May and finished batting .267 for the month. Carrol entered June with a hot bat as he hit safely in nine of his first 11 games of the month, which included three home runs in two straight games (June 7th and 9th). He had a better overall average for the month of June, as he finished batting .291, with seven doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 22 RBIs. He also earned a starting nod in the All Star game. Carrol overall is batting .289 (89 for 308), with 63 runs scored, 20 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 48 RBIs, 32 walks, .366 (OBP), .549 (SLG), and .915 (OPS).

Center Field

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James Outman, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Redwood City, CA native earned his MLB debut on July 31, 2022 and finished the day going 3 for 4, with a double, a homer and drove in three runs. In just four games, he batted .462, with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and two walks. He started the 2023 season, just like he started his MLB career, with a bang, as he went 2 for 3, with three runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. After three straight hitless games, he hit two triples on April 3rd, while driving in three runs. He recorded his first four-hit game on April 22nd, which included his first two homer game of his career. He finished the month of April batting .289, with four doubles, three triples, six home runs and 18 RBIs. may was no friend to Outman, as he struggled mightily with a .160 batting average, which also see his power numbers dip to just two doubles, no triple and four homers in the month. He continued his offensive struggles into June, but had a better month with the average (.224), but continued to struggle with his power a he hit just two doubles, but did not hit a home run all month. Outman went 32 games without a homer before hitting two on July 4th to provide his own fireworks. He batted .280 in July, hitting safely in five of the seven game before the break, while finishing the first half on a good note. Overall at the break, Outman is batting .236 (63 for 267), with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, 11 homers, 40 RBIs, 26 walks, .318 (OBP), .419 (.SLG), and .737 (OPS).

Right field

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Jordan Walker, St. Louis Cardinals

Walker made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2023, and recorded his first hit in his first MLB at bat on a line drive to center field.  He then entered the month of April and did not stop hitting as he recorded a knock in 11 straight games, which included his first MLB homer on April 5th and his second on April 8th. Walker batted .279 in the month, with three doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBIs. After hitting safely in two of his four games in June, the Stone Mountain, GA native went on a tear, as he recorded a 17 game hitting streak that took him straight to the end of the month of June. For the month, he batted .338, with three doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs and 10 walks. The first 10 games in July say Walker struggle as he is batting just .200, but still added two homer to his total for the season. At the break, Walker is batting .283 (52 for 184), with 20 runs scored, eight doubles, eight homers, 25 RBIs, 14 walks, .347 (OBP), .457 (SLG), and .804 (OPS).

 

 

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