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Rays at Angels GDT 3: Rookie of the Year, Stage 2

KK is up again and ready to dazzle.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, so ol' Kevin Kiermaier is up an in the lineup. Brandon Guyer is in the starting lineup too. And Cole Figueroa is on the bench. There's a lot of young on this roster right now. Granted: KK and Figuerora have ~140 wRC+ production in Durham this year, and Guyer had much similar production for the previous few seasons in Triple-A.

Still. Rookies is rookies.

And Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist -- much like Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and Alex Cobb -- will be missed. Quite possible, starting tonight. Oh yeah, Ryan Hanigan got hurt too. Jose Molina has a -19 wRC+. ZiPS thinks he can blurp out a 61 wRC+ through the end of the season (.213/.270/.294). Oh boy. That, but the way, would bring his season line to 44 wRC+. Which would be his second-worst all time season, his worst season ever, minimum 200 PA.

If Molina hit 90 wRC+ over the remainder of the season (probably about 250 PA), he'd raise to a 72 wRC+. I'd be fine with that. But it's almost impossible. I can't imagine he'd do that. But maybe...


Today's Lineups

Brandon Guyer - LF Collin Cowgill - RF
Wil Myers - RF Mike Trout - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Albert Pujols - 1B
Sean Rodriguez - 2B Howie Kendrick - 2B
Yunel Escobar - SS C.J. Cron - DH
Logan Forsythe - DH Erick Aybar - SS
James Loney - 1B Chris Iannetta - C
Jose Molina - C Grant Green - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Luis Jimenez - 3B
Cesar Ramos - LHP C.J. Wilson - LHP


Which of the three rookies has your highest hopes this season?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Kevin Keirmaier
    (51 votes)
  • 11%
    Cole Figueroa
    (9 votes)
  • 21%
    Brandon Guyer
    (16 votes)
76 votes total Vote Now