Player Rankings: Among top rookies, Trout has made the biggest splash

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Trout is batting .357 with 15 homers and 47 RBI. (AP)  
Trout is batting .357 with 15 homers and 47 RBI. (AP)  

This week, let's check back in on the 2012 rookie class and see how some notable names are faring. Since we're closing in on the 100-game mark, you can consider the names at the top of these lists to be in contention for the Rookie of the Year hardware in their respective leagues.

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Know that these are not rankings of players with the highest ceilings or brightest futures. These are, simply, the rookies who have helped their teams the most in 2012, and they're ranked without regard to future upside (although many of the players to come have quite a bit of that).

First, solemn warning: In an act of impossible boldness, I have chosen to include Mike Trout in the rankings to come. Sometimes, assumptions and routines must be assailed. If need be, position yourself over the fainting couch of your choosing.

But what of the non-Trout remainder? Will a certain ballyhooed Nationals rook make the cut? How many Pacific-Rim imports are on the lists? What about the other star rookie outfielder in the AL West? Do the Padres and Cubs have anything to be happy about?

Questions abound. Let us answer them ...

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