Prospects2Pros Rookies of the Month: April

Prospects2Pros acknowledges the end of April by naming the NL and AL Rookies of the month, as determined by the statistical output of both rookies. The top Pitcher and Hitter candidates announced for both leagues are:

American League:

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Conor Gillaspie: Third Baseman, Chicago White Sox: Gillaspie, who was traded from the San Francisco Giants during Spring Training, has a Triple Crown Stat line of .311 with two home runs and four RBI. He is arguably the best hitter who has played more than ten games so far, practically wiping the floor with the next best hitter, Luis Jimenez of the Los Angeles Angels. 

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Nick Tepesch, Starting Pitcher, Rangers. While it is hard to see who prevails in this dogfight, as starters pitch 4-5 times in a month, Tepesch has put his name into consideration for top rookie pitcher at least. Possessing a 2.53 ERA with 2 wins and 14 strikeouts, Tepesch has found his way around up-and coming teams like Seattle and Tampa Bay. Tepesch certainly is no CJ Wilson, but it will be interesting to see how he fares as the season progresses. 

National League:

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Evan Gattis, Catcher, Atlanta Braves: If the Braves didn’t have Brian McCann on the same roster, then Gattis would have already won the job. The catcher with the inspirational story ended April with six home runs, 16 RBI, and a pedestrian .250 average. Gattis actually faced competition in Cardinals outfielder Pete Kozma and Diamondbacks outfielder AJ Pollock, but his April may mean that he’ll be up for a bigger role in the organization. 

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Hyun Jin Ryu, Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers: Ryu, an import from Korea, has really made himself a valued member of the Dodger rotation, especially with Zach Greinke on the DL after the Carlos Quentin incident. Ryu has three wins, a 3.35 ERA, and he leads all rookies with 46 strikeouts. If the rest of the Dodger rotation fails, then Ryu will certainly look like the best signing the team made this offseason. 

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