MLB Top 10s: Sophomore slump? Not for these second-year wonders

by | Baseball Writer

In the Eye on Baseball Top 10, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10 will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)

And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Which members of the 2012 rookie class are performing well in 2013? Stated another way, which MLB "sophomores" are stepping up this season?

First, the obvious criteria: To be eligible for inclusion this week, a player must have exhausted his rookie status in 2012. So Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are eligible, and Yasiel Puig and, um, A-Rod are not.

Second, we're worried about how those Class of 2012 rookies are doing this season. So if they distinguished themselves in 2012 but aren't playing well this year, they're not going to be on here (for example, see Todd Frazier, Scott Diamond and Yoenis Cespedes).

So once more, with feeling: Rookie in 2012, doing well in 2013. Also worth noting is that we're not worried about how the names to come project for future seasons. Performance in 2013 is all that matters.

Someone not on here who you strongly believe should be? I absolutely don't care!

So now let us recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. As always, feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.


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