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Hellickson, Jennings on Topps All-Rookie team

Posted Nov 30, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The Topps Company announces the 53rd annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

1B Mark Trumbo, Angels (149 games, 29 HR, 87 RBI, .254)
2B Danny Espinosa, Nationals (158, 21, 66, .236)
SS Dee Gordon, Dodgers (56, 0, 11, .304)
3B Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays (43, 9, 25, .293)
OF Desmond Jennings, Rays (63, 10, 25, .259)
OF Josh Reddick, Red Sox (87, 7, 28, .280)
OF Ben Revere, Twins (117, 0, 30, .267)
C J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays (129, 23, 78, .219)
Starting Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, Rays (189 IP, 13-10, 2.95, 117 K, 72 BB)
Relief Craig Kimbrel, Braves (77 IP, 46 Saves, 2.10, 127 K, 32 BB)

The Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team began in 1959 with Willie McCovey being the first of 17 future Hall of Famers named to the squad (others include Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams).  The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2012 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in early February.

Reader Comments

Por (bkeogh18) on December 01, 2011 (Suggest removal)

The right way to build a team, sacrifice a few years at the bottom of the division, and build quality young talent.  Wish some other teams could have a front office like the Rays, particularly in the METropolitan area…

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Por (Mean_Machine) on December 03, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Your theory sounds great but doesn’t apply to the Rays in the way that you migh think it does. Yes, the Rays struggled for years and finished at or near the bottom of the division.

No, most of the Rays current talent is not a result of easy 1st round picks. Hellickson was a 4th round pick, Jennings was a 10th round pick, and Matt Moore came out of the 8th round.

The Rays scouting and management team are just much better at drafting than other teams.

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