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Some Potential 2008 Rookies of the Year?

On a night where A's overhyped-now-under-hyped prospect Daric Barton hit his first major league HR and doubled for the third time since being recalled and Reds 1B Joey Votto stole his first base to conjure the days of Jeff Bagwell and his 20+ SBs from a firstbaseman, I began to think of the coming hype for next year's Rookie-of-the-year candidates. To do so, I sorted the hitting stats of players who have fewer than 100 ABs under the assumption that those with more will not qualify because they will pass the 130 AB cut-off before this year ends.

This list looks very solid in terms of accomplishing my goal of pre-empting the impending ROY hype. The issue is determining who on this list will be Delmon Young - over-hyped but relatively productive, or Jeff Baker - a huge flop after a successful September. (The Alex Gordon of 2008 is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria.)

I know Micah Owings is a pitcher, but his numbers look like he'll win the Silver Slugger at pitcher for years to come!

PLAYER TEAM AB XBH BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Joey Votto CIN 26 6 3 0.462 0.517 0.846 1.363
Daric Barton OAK 22 4 3 0.409 0.48 0.682 1.162
David Murphy BOS/TEX 67 12 5 0.388 0.431 0.657 1.087
Geovany Soto CHC 17 2 3 0.353 0.45 0.588 1.038
Jacoby Ellsbury BOS 64 8 5 0.375 0.414 0.609 1.024
Micah Owings ARI 52 8 2 0.288 0.309 0.615 0.924
Joel Guzman TAM 16 2 2 0.313 0.389 0.5 0.889
Shelley Duncan NYY 58 6 5 0.259 0.317 0.569 0.886
Ben Francisco CLE 51 7 3 0.275 0.309 0.529 0.839
Nate Schierholtz SFO 72 6 2 0.333 0.355 0.458 0.814
Jack Hannahan OAK 95 10 17 0.263 0.377 0.432 0.809
Brian Buscher MIN 51 2 5 0.294 0.357 0.412 0.769
Steve Pearce PIT 43 4 3 0.302 0.348 0.419 0.766
Andy LaRoche LAD 51 4 17 0.196 0.4 0.275 0.675
Ian Stewart COL 36 5 0 0.222 0.243 0.417 0.66
Brandon Moss BOS 18 1 2 0.222 0.3 0.278 0.578
Cameron Maybin DET 42 4 3 0.167 0.239 0.31 0.549
Brandon Wood LAA 22 2 0 0.182 0.182 0.364 0.545
Chase Headley SDG 17 1 2 0.176 0.3 0.235 0.535
Scott Moore BAL/CHC 25 2 1 0.16 0.185 0.32 0.505