Bowden's rookie rankings
August, 9, 2013
By Jim Bowden | ESPN.com
With less than two months left in the 2013 season, we’re heading down the stretch for this season’s top rookies.
It’s been a list dominated thus far by National League pitchers such as Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez and Julio Teheran, to name a few, as well as outfielder Yasiel Puig. However, an American League outfielder and shortstop finally cracked the top 10.
Keep in mind that most minor league campaigns conclude at the end of August. For some, this will be far more innings pitched or games played than they’ve ever experienced, so September and the postseason could be taxing.
Regardless, below are my monthly rookie rankings, and there are some new names on the list, mostly because I've extended it from 30 names to 50.
1. Jose Fernandez | RHP | Miami Marlins
For the second month in a row, Fernandez leads the way, this time after going 6-2 with a 1.79 ERA in 11 starts since the start of June. Batters still are hitting just .182 against Fernandez after starting an at-bat with a first-pitch ball. He was named July NL Rookie of the Month and co-player of the week for the week of July 29.