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, painfully contrived or otherwise.
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the top rookies in 2014?
That is, we're ranking players who didn't exhaust their rookie status in any previous season ( Baseball-Reference source for rookie statuses), and we're doing so based on based their 2014 value.
As always, we list these players with no regard for their pre-2014 histories and no regard for whether or not these performances are sustainable. This is about performance in 2014 to date and nothing else. As for position players, defense and base-running are very much part of the calculus.
Omissions? SEO colossi like Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Yasiel Puig, Derek Jeter, Clayton Kershaw and A-Rod won't be on this list. That's because they're not rookies. Nevertheless, their names have been named! Click, click, clicketty, click, click!
Anyway, let us now recite baseball names for the dual purposes of SEO and making you angry. Feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.
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