Definition of a Rookie and some profiles

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Just for those who don't follow baseball the definiton of a rookie is: a player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season he has exceeded 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League team.

Blake DeWitt: Age: 23, Birthplace: Sarasota, Fl., Debut: 31 Mar 2008 Currently playing 3b for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Blake has never played higher than double A. He is currently batting .278, with an OBP of .435. He has 4 walks and scored 3 runs. He has also played very well on defense. It's a shame that he will probably be sent down when Garciapara or LaRoche come back from injuries.

Jacoby Ellsbury: Age: 24, Birthplace: Madras, Or., Debut: 2007. So far the Red Sox are not doing well, but let's hope this rookie can get back the mojo he had last year. He currently has 3 hits in 6 games and is batting a paltry .200. If he doesn't get going he could find himself on the bench.

Clay Buchholz: Age: 23, Birthplace: Nederland, Tx., Debut: 2007, In 2007 Clay pitched 27.2 innings and had a 3-2 record. He gave up 20 hits and had 7 ERs and an ERA of 2.28. So far this year hasn't been great. He lost his first game, giving up 3 ERs on 6 hits, while striking out 7. He currently has an ERA of 5.40.

Franklin Morales: Age: 22, Birthplace: Venezuela, Debut: 2007. Pitched 6 innings, 2 hits, 3 BB and 2K's. No runs allowed. He didn't get a decision, but pitched well, If he stays healthy he should get about 25 starts.

Johnny Cueto: Age: 22, Birthplace: DR, Debut: 4 Apr 2008. Pitched 7 innings, 1 hit, 0 BB 10 K's and an ERA 1.29. He topped out at 96 MPH. He has a hard slider and great changeup. If he can keep up this pace he will be successful in the majors.

Jair Jurrjens: Age: 22, Birthplace: Curacao, Debut: 2007. He made is first start for Atlanta on 2 Apr. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 5 K's and has an ERA 3.38. In 2007 he was 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA with Detroit.

Geovany Soto: Age: 25 Birthplace: Puerto Rico. Stats not currently good, He is only batting .188. His OBP is >300. He does have 1 HR and 4 RBI's. Catching isn't the easiest position, but he's young and should be able to handle it.

Kosuke Fukudome: Age: 30, Birthplace: Osaki, Japan. He is currently on fire, batting .421, 5 RBI's, scored 5 runs and has an OBP of .542. If he continues this pace, he may be the one to beat for Rookie-of-the-year.

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