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Rookie of the Year - Pitchers

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There is just one rookie pitcher who merits discussion amongst all the rookies as the top overall MLB rookie in 2007. It is $103MM man Daisuke Matsuzaka. Although no other rookie has ever been paid so much to pitch for a team, he is considered a rookie nonetheless and will win the AL version of the award barring a complete collapse. An incredible second-half by Devil Rays rookie Delmon Young in combination with his team having an incredible second-half may allow Young to snatch away the media attention necessary to gain the notice of the voters. But I doubt that combination's likelihood of occurring.

The number of rookie pitchers far outweigh the number of rookie hitters, 132 to 69. As a result, there are more rookie pitchers who have produced acceptable major league statistics. However, that doesn't mean those are acceptable for fantasy teams. ERAs in the high 4s and WHIPS over 1.35 are anathema to those categories but excellent for a 4th and 5th starter on a major league club.

The list was sorted by Wins. I chose that because it is the most glaringly obvious difference between Dice-K and the rest of the pack. However, there are several rookies who could have a positive impact in the second-half who don't have the appearances necessary to accumulate the 4 Wins necessary to make the cut-off. Of these, the Twins' SP Matt Garza, Phil Hughes and Edwar Ramirez of the Yankees, and Milwaukees' Yovanni Gallardo have a chance to be keys cogs in their team's pursuit of October baseball.

Of course, a look at the leaders in Wins shows that the rule to avoid chasing Wins from mediocre starters also applies to rookies.

PLAYER TEAM GP GS IP W SV ERA WHIP H BB SO K/9 BB/K
Daisuke Matsuzaka BOS 18 18 119.7 10 0 3.84 1.24 110 38 123 9.3 3.2
Chris Sampson HOU 17 16 101.7 6 0 4.25 1.32 108 26 44 3.9 1.7
Tom Mastny CLE 34 0 35.0 6 0 4.63 1. 66 37 21 32 8.2 1.5
Eric O'Flaherty SEA 27 0 30.3 6 0 2.08 0.96 21 8 17 5.0 2.1
John Danks CHW 16 16 89.7 5 0 4.62 1. 48 97 36 68 6.8 1.9
Micah Owings ARI 16 14 80.0 5 0 4.84 1 .49 88 31 53 6.0 1.7
Brian Bannister KAN 13 13 80.0 5 0 3.71 1.24 75 24 43 4.8 1.8
Justin Germano SDG 11 11 64.7 5 0 3.90 1.13 60 13 33 4.6 2.5
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 19 13 102.0 4 0 2.74 0.91 75 18 72 6.4 4.0
Jason Hirsh COL 17 17 101.0 4 0 4.90 1 .35 94 42 66 5.9 1.6
Matt Chico WAS 18 18 96.3 4 0 4.39 1. 47 103 39 51 4.8 1.3
Tim Lincecum SFO 12 12 72.0 4 0 4.63 1.25 58 32 79 9.9 2.5
Brian Burres BAL 17 10 65.3 4 0 4.27 1 .55 62 39 55 7.6 1.4
Dustin Moseley LAA 28 2 45.0 4 0 2.60 1 .13 40 11 17 3.4 1.5
Andrew Miller DET 6 6 35.3 4 0 3.31 1.3 0 29 17 25 6.4 1.5
Brandon Morrow SEA 30 0 32.0 3 0 3.66 1. 88 27 33 32 9.0 1.0
Kyle Kendrick PHI 5 5 30.7 3 0 4.40 1 .40 33 10 10 2.9 1.0
Hideki Okajima BOS 39 0 43.3 2 4 0.83 0 .83 24 12 37 7.7 3.1
Homer Bailey CIN 6 6 28.3 2 0 6.99 1.7 6 29 21 15 4.8 0.7
Santiago Casilla OAK 16 0 20.0 2 2 0.45 0 .85 12 5 23 10.4 4.6
Andy Sonnanstine TAM 7 7 45.3 1 0 5.36 1.24 50 6 35 6.9 5.8
Joakim Soria KAN 33 0 36.7 1 10 2.21 1. 06 25 14 42 10.3 3.0
Yovani Gallardo MIL 5 3 24.0 1 0 3.38 1 .21 20 9 23 8.6 2.6
Phil Hughes NYY 2 2 10.7 1 0 3.38 1.0 3 7 4 11 9.3 2.8
Matt Garza MIN 2 1 8.0 1 0 0.00 1.25 7 3 7 7.9 2.3
Edwar Ramirez NYY 2 0 2.3 1 0 3.86 1.2 9 2 1 4 15.5 4.0
Kevin Cameron SDG 21 0 29.3 0 0 0.31 1 .19 17 18 24 7.4 1.3
Rafael Perez CLE 13 0 24.3 0 0 2.22 0.9 5 17 6 28 10.4 4.7
Joey Devine ATL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0.00 1.00 2 0 2 9.0 0.0