Posted at 9:40 AM on August 31, 2005
by David Zingler
Yesterday we looked at the top rookie position players, today itís the pitchers turn.
Gustavo Chacin, Toronto: 11-7, 3.62 ERA, 95K/60BB
Having a good year, but have you heard anything about him?
Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay: 7-9, 4.12 ERA, 137K/80BB
Leads all rookies in strike outs, but will need to pile up a few more wins to take home the award.
Huston Street, Oakland: 17/21 saves, 1.25 ERA*
A first round pick in 2004, Street has been piling up saves for a contender. This bodes well for him.
Jesse Crain, Minnesota: 9-4, 2.54 ERA*, 1 save
After hot start, Crain has cooled off, but remains among the top middle relievers in the game.
My Pick: Street, heís the odds on favorite to win AL ROY.
Jeff Francis, Colorado: 12-9, 5.86 ERA, 111K/60 BB
Leads all rookies in victories, but the ERA is way too high, even for Coors Field.
Zach Duke, Pittsburgh: 6-0, 1.81 ERA*, 44K/16BB
Was on fire until an injury shelved him for the season, will the Pirates ever catch a break?
My Pick: Duke, despite the injury, heís generated the most excitement.
*Does not have enough innings pitched to qualify for league leaders.